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Mid Yorkshire hospitals reconfiguration referred to Hunt

Plans to reconfigure Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust’s services have been referred to the health secretary.

Under proposals, the accident and emergency departments at Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals will be downgraded and only deal with minor cases, as patients with more serious needs are sent to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

Meanwhile, consultant-led maternity care for mothers with high-risk pregnancies will only be available at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

Dewsbury will gain a new paediatric assessment unit for children who need to be admitted for a few hours for tests or observations and primary care services will be added to its A&E department.

Wakefield and Kirklees councils’ health scrutiny joint committee referred the proposals to Jeremy Hunt.

In a letter to Mr Hunt, chair Betty Rhodes said the committee “does not take the referral lightly and sees this as a last resort”.

She noted the “significant opposition to the proposals, particularly in the North Kirklees area”, where 78% of people who responded to the consultation on the reconfiguration expressed concerns about it and 51% disagreed completely with the proposals.

“There still remains sufficient doubt to provide the necessary assurance and confidence that the proposals are in the best interests of the local population,” Cllr Rhodes added.

The proposals have been backed by the Wakefield and North Kirklees clinical commissioning groups.

David Kelly, clinical leader of North Kirklees CCG, said he recognised “these changes could be received as a downgrading of our hospital,” but “to do nothing is not the right option”.

“We got problems with the quality of our services locally and with the financial viability of our trust,” he added.

 

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Readers' comments (3)

  • hunt will agree

    then it will go to court and the public will win

    but hold on hunt and his tory cronies are going to change the law so they can push the changes through

    get ready for more closures in the next few years, tories are so great with the nhs

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  • tinkerbell

    and the hits just keep on coming, in 2014 if new draconian gagging laws are introduced by this unelected government, apparently non politicians (is that you and me?) will not be able to speak out against any 'issues'.

    Whatever happened to democracy?

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  • I would like to die at home if my family are happy with that decision, it can be hard on families and carers, we must not forget that.
    Of course people nearing the end of their lives should not have to pay for care, it doesn't matter what illness they have or how old they are, what sort of society are we that we would ever expect people to pay for end of life care, equipment or medication.

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