Published: 11/11/2004, Volume II4, No. 5931 Page 14 15
The NHS in Shropshire and Staffordshire serves a population of approximately 1.5 million and has an annual budget of over£1.2bn, which will rise to£1.4bn by 2006.
'Shropshire and Staffordshire strategic health authority continues to face a number of challenges while continuing to deliver the ambitious modernisation agenda to develop new services and improve staff experience, ' says chief executive Professor Bernard Crump.
Despite these challenges six trusts were awarded three-star status in July, including Staffordshire Ambulance Service trust, which again achieved the highest performance nationally of any ambulance trust against the target for category 'A' calls.The average throughout the year was 86 per cent.
'Schemes in the pipeline include a major£360m project to upgrade the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, known as Fit for the Future, a local improvement finance trust project to improve primary care premises in north Staffordshire and a new community hospital for Lichfield, 'he says.
'The authority, together with patients, health service managers and frontline clinicians, has also developed its vision for better healthcare by 2010.This vision, called Our Health Tomorrow, builds on what is already being done but challenges the practices of today to deliver fundamentally different, innovative and better patient services in the future.'