Dewsbury & District Hospital
I am deeply concerned by the proposed downgrade of Dewsbury & District Hospital and will be holding the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust and Department for Health to account. I campaigned on a platform to defend the Hospital and I am continuing to do so as your MP.
Reconfiguration plans by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust would see services centralised at Pinderfields and include the downgrade of Dewsbury’s A&E, which would cease to be consultant-led.
It was announced in January 2016 that plans were to be brought forward of which I have serious concerns about.
I met with the Health Minister shortly afterwards raising the following issues:
The roll out of the reconfiguration and Closer to Home agenda, the implications of the downgrade and the accelerated process.
Losing the CCG chief executive to retirement at the same time as the Trust chief exec goes part time to split his time with a Trust in Cumbria.
Lack of regional planning and joined up thinking, and the potential knock on effect from the proposed closure of the A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
The risk of further, future reconfiguration.
Communication with the public and patients about the impact of the changes, including the need for tailored, interactive workshops in individual neighbourhoods.
Transport, including the challenges Yorkshire Ambulance Service face.