The prime minister has said there are no plans to close the accident and emergency unit at Stafford's County Hospital.
Boris Johnson was asked a question by the town's Conservative MP, Theo Clarke, during Prime Minister's Questions today.
"It is clear that the A&E at County Hospital is a vital local service. Does the prime minister agree with me that A&E units at medium-sized hospitals like County are essential for the future delivery of care in our NHS?"
Mr Johnson replied: "The health secretary has just told me that yes, her A&E is certainly staying open."
The A&E at Stafford's County Hospital only operates from 08:00 to 22:00, having been closed overnight since December 2011 due to recruitment issues.