Following shock news from local health bosses, your local Labour activists are working to keep Huddersfield Royal Infirmary's Accident & Emergency department open and we need your help.
Members from Huddersfield and Colne Valley Labour Party joined today with other protestors at the Briar Court Hotel, where the Huddersfield and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Groups met to decide if they wished to put their hospital plans — involving the closure of the A&E at Huddersfield and the demolition and downscaling of our local hospital — to consultation.
But, as everyone in the packed meeting knew, the main decision had already been taken: one A&E would close and very different arrangements put in place. Representatives from your local Labour Party, including Cllr Karen Rowling and Newsome activist Nadeem Iqbal listened with concern as the CCG discussed the report on the table, which proposed closing Huddersfield A&E and eventually the main site. That news has already been met with opposition from all over Kirklees, which has is also set to lose its other A&E at Dewsbury.
The report says the main consideration was financial. People in the meeting angrily pointed to the crippling PFI arrangements at the Halifax hospital and the real-terms cuts to health spending being made by the government.
"It was a con and a rotten deal, giving millions of taxpayers' money to investors and hedge-funds".
TWO TOWNS; TWO A&Es.
The fight starts now. Almost 10,000 people have now signed Barry Sheerman MP's petition to save Huddersfield A&E. He is working across Parliament to question, reason and overturn this decision. Will you join him? Sign his petition, above, and pass it to your friends and family.