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.