The hospital is located in Mrs Cox’s Batley & Spen constituency. She said:
“Mid Yorkshire Trust plans to bring forward the downgrade of Dewsbury and District Hospital’s A&E after yet more criticism from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).”
“The response to this criticism, about poor staffing and hygiene levels, is to bring forward plans to downgrade Dewsbury and centralise services at Pinderfields 12 months earlier than planned.
“This is less than a year since we learned that Dewsbury had been carrying the burden when Pinderfields A&E couldn’t cope or was closed to ambulances dealing with 999 calls.
“There is great concern and nervousness about the downgrade at this time and the confidence that this will work is low.
“If this does not work I want the Health Secretary to pledge to step in and order the downgrade of our hospital to be reversed.”
Mrs Cox sought to raise the issue with the Health Secretary in Parliament this afternoon. She has written to him to ask for this pledge and to meet to discuss the Trust’s plans.
Mrs Cox added: “The decision to downgrade our hospital was made when the Conservative Health Secretary approved the Trust’s plan in 2014.
“There must be safeguards in place to make sure local people are not put at risk or receive far less of a service than they need and I hope the Health Secretary will accept that and pledge to monitor this situation closely.”