Staff could be relocated to under-pressure Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital to cope with extra patients under £70 million plans to downgrade Stafford and Cannock hospitals.
New Cross could get extra funding and staff to help to pick up the pieces from scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Experts from health watchdog Monitor have outlined proposals for the future of the troubled Mid Staffordshire trust after it was declared “financially and clinically unsustainable”.
It comes as New Cross faces a fine for failing to meet A&E targets as it deals with up to 40,000 extra patients a year.
David Loughton, chief executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross, said talks had already been held on the rise in patient numbers and a solution was being developed.