News Health: The George Bryan Centre, in Tamworth, provided 31 for adults living in South and East Staffordshire before the blaze destroyed a wing with 19 beds.
Since the fire alternative in-patient provision has been provided at St George’s Hospital in Stafford while there has been a significantly enhanced service provided to people living in their own homes.
Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, Chief Medical Officer for the Staffordshire Integrated Care Board said: “This isn’t a final decision we’ve made today but we have considered the matter and decided that it should now move to the NHS England assurance process.
Due to the distance between South Staffordshire and Stafford a plan will need to be put in place concerning travel arrangements for those suffering with mental health problems.
The means proposals will now be considered by NHS England’s assurance process in September.
Following the NHS England assurance process, the decision making will revert to the ICB to decide whether any further engagement is required with the public and stakeholders.