Birmingham serves a population of 3.9 million, University Hospitals North Staffordshire (UHNS
) 1.6 million and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) between 800,000 and 1.2 million.
In independent advice to UHNS
investigators, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) said: "The patients in the review have at least not been helped, and at worst have come to harm due to the standard of care provided."
Under the proposals, Stafford would be run by UHNS, and Cannock taken on by the Royal Wolverhampton.
"The services commissioned must not be limited by what UHNS and Wolverhampton, the local providers, have offered to make available.
This information was retrieved from the practice management system, patient record cards and the online web-based archive used jointly by UHNS and optometrists.
UHNS operated on 61 (56%), Macclesfield operated on 43 (39.4%) and the remainder were treated by the private provider.
The accreditation panel for North Staffordshire Outpatient Service Redesign decided that the acute eye pathway should be audited jointly by a consultant ophthalmologist from UHNS
and by a community optometrist.
However, UHNS finance director Chris Calkin says a major disagreement surfaced between his team and the District Auditor, about the worth of the trust's property assets, and therefore the amount of funding to be received from the Treasury.
Mr Warbrick, the Birmingham office's valuation specialist, had only rejoined the firm on Monday, but found himself meeting the UHNS team just 48 hours later.
Work will also begin in December on a new maternity unit and cancer hospital at UHNS, costing pounds 65 million, financed by NHS money.
The new super hospital will house 1,000 patients, compared to 1,200 in existing UHNS wards.
He said there had been a 'phenomenal' number of 999 calls on July 11 - the day leukaemia sufferer Luke Gallimore needed an ambulance to take him 300 yards from his home to University Hospital North Staffordshire (UHNS