Fears Grow Over The Future Of Leek's Minor Injuries Unit

Fears are growing for the future of Leek Moorlands hospital’s minor injury unit which has been closed since the middle of March.

It comes following a presentation at the county council’s Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee, which was attended by Leek county councillor Charlotte Atkins.

In a letter to the Post & Times, Councillor Atkins, who is also the leader of the opposition on Staffordshire County Council, said: “On behalf of Leek and Staffordshire Moorlands residents, on Monday, October 26 I challenged Dr Jane Moore of Together We’re Better, the local NHS Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) about her presentation to the county council’s Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee regarding our Minor Injuries Unit. The presentation stated that Minor Injuries Units such as Leek’s were closed because of low volumes.

“When I asked how she defined low volumes, given that a thousand people a month accessed the MIU before its ‘temporary’ closure in March this year, she suddenly moved the goalposts and said that the MIU was closed for reasons of Covid -19 safety. She then added staffing levels.

“How can we trust anything that local NHS leaders say when their reasons for cutting services change whenever they are challenged? No wonder public confidence in NHS leaders (not staff) has plummeted.

“What is even more worrying is that the STP indicated that some current temporary service changes, particularly with maternity and urgent care, could be reviewed and consideration given to ‘locking in’ the temporary changes on a more permanent basis. That could mean the permanent closure of our MIU. That is totally unacceptable given the size of the population it serves and the very difficult journey to the alternative at Haywood Hospital.”