Hundreds of people have marched in Huddersfield over the proposed closure of the town’s Accident and Emergency services.
Campaign group #HandsoffHRI organised the protest from the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary towards Greenhead Park.
It was announced earlier this year that that the A and E department in the town is set to close in favour of keeping emergency care at Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.
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A public consultation into the proposal was then opened which has since closed.
NHS Calderdale CCG and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG are now in a period of deliberation and need to take the time to carefully review and consider the Consultation Report of Findings before developing any recommendations about what the next steps may look like.
It is important we understand the detail and depth of what people have said and take the time to think about the issues and concerns that have been highlighted in the report. However, we are pleased to see in the report that people acknowledge that there is a need to change the way we deliver hospitals and community health services in order to ensure we can continue to provide high quality, sustainable and safe care that meets national standards.We would also like to reassure the public that no decision has been made.
The CCGs’ Governing Bodies will make the decision on the outcome of the consultation and next steps regarding the proposed changes to local hospital and community health services at a meeting in parallel on 20 October.
The CCGs’ Governing Bodies will consider the Consultation Report of Findings, with an assessment of the equality and health inequality impact of the proposals and the response from the Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee and Healthwatch when making their decision. Once the decision is known, we will publish the outcome and provide as much information as possible about next steps.
– NHS Calderdale CCG and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG