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The campaigns for the Labour Party leadership are well under way. You can read the candidates' views on these sites: (Open blog.) Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith There will be...
The Huddersfield 'Save our A&E' group has managed another excellent intervention.
MP Barry Sheerman posed critical questions and local Labour members and candidates were there in support. Almondbury councillor Judith Hughes and candidate Ken Lowe, Newsome candidate Nadeem Iqbal with Nasim and Linden, Lindley candidate Mohammed Fayoom, and from Golcar Stephan Jungnitz with Jeremy Cuss from Colne Valley CLP. Some of us got a seat inside, some of us shouted, 'Let us in!' with the several hundred people outside the stadium.
The 'Save our A&E' group are challenging the legal basis of the CCG's report and Barry is setting up a commission of experts to assess the report and offer a Plan B. He will be using social media to involve local people.
At the meeting, Barry asked why he had been told for months that A&E would be located in Huddersfield, only to be called to an emergency meeting which set out a complete change. 'Was this really a clinical or medical case?' he asked, 'or actually a financial case?'
'I am determined to do all I can to change this ridiculous plan', he said. 'It is perfectly possible to link passion and imagination with intelligence to come up with a Plan B that doesn't take a hospital and its A&E away from a major town like Huddersfield.'
Our local and national NHS are under attack. We need an even stronger force on the council and a change of government. It's not going to happen without some work. Can you help? Let us know here:
The Huddersfield 'Save our A&E' group has managed another excellent intervention. MP Barry Sheerman posed critical questions and local Labour members and candidates were there in support. Almondbury councillor Judith...
Save HRI and A&E: You may well have been one of the many Labour Party members joining the 'Hands off HRI' rally and march last Saturday. The organisers did a good job - effective and convivial! We continue to support the campaign and branches are distributing leaflets to boost Barry's petition - signed copies arrive back daily. We will be boosting this during the local election campaigns. Barry is furious about the Clinical Commissioning Group report and is working daily to put pressure on, and you can see a summary of what he's been up to here: Barry Sheerman's A&E Campaign update.
This is a very serious issue and thousands of people in Huddersfield, Colne Valley, Kirklees and Halifax are very, very angry. It's not just a question of removing A&E from Huddersfield: the whole hospital is earmarked for demolition with a smaller unit built across the road on Acre Mills. The Huddersfield Examiner reports that Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust pays £671,669 per year to Pennine Property Partnership LLP for the Acre Mills unit.. This is how the privatised future looks if we don't do something about it.
It is ridiculous that Huddersfield people have to lose the town's hospital and A&E because of punitive costs incurred in a different town. It's a national NHS funding issue. (And David Cameron said he would sort out the Halifax PFI...) We want the best health services for people in Huddersfield AND Halifax. If you would like to get involved, reply to this email or send details via our volunteer page.
Save HRI and A&E: You may well have been one of the many Labour Party members joining the 'Hands off HRI' rally and march last Saturday. The organisers did a...
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