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Potential A&E closure for Huddersfield

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

A report has been published suggesting that the Accident and Emergency department of the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary could be closed, leaving the inhabitants of Huddersfield having to travel to Halifax, Barnsley or Wakefield in the event of an emergency. It has also been revealed that the Infirmary may be demolished all altogether and a new hospital built without an Accident and Emergency department.

Labour MP for Huddersfield, Barry Sheerman, has said that he is “deeply concerned” and has stated that he will fight “tooth and nail” to retain A&E services within the town. He claimed that a town the size of Huddersfield deserved an Accident and Emergency department.

Services are not sustainable in both areas

The report names Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax as the “preferred option” for retaining emergency services, possibly due to its Private Finance Initiative debts which must continue to be serviced. The report reveals that services are not sustainable in both areas, and that the best financial forecast would be provided by Halifax. Mr Sheerman stated that he believed the Halifax Trust’s debt problems were behind the problem, going on to say: “we’ve always bailed them out”. He also claimed that to build a new mini-hospital in Acre Mill in Huddersfield was “just compensation”.

The Clinical Commissioning Group for Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale have both confirmed that no decision has been made as yet, and that a public meeting will be held on Wednesday.

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