The following article appeared in today’s edition of the The Press newspaper.
Jo Cox (Lab, Batley and Spen) hit out over proposals revealed this week to close the A&E department at Huddersfield Infirmary.
This would leave the whole of Kirklees without a full A&E, given plans to cut services at Dewsbury District Hospital.
Mrs Cox questioned the impact the Huddersfield scheme will have here and elsewhere.
She said: “There are only so many times you can demand the health secretary stop these sorts of plans and intervene in the interests of public safety.
“So far he hasn’t listened once and instead has endorsed this dismantling of our NHS.
“There are some serious questions to be answered: Where is the NHS in Kirklees heading, who is co-ordinating this constant chipping away at our health service and what is their vision of our NHS in five or 10 or 20 years’ time?
“Dewsbury’s A&E is to be downgraded and now there’s a plan to close Huddersfield’s A&E – where will people go?
“What will be the impact on neighbouring A&E departments?
“And what will be the consequences for those who need to access emergency medical help?
“The view that I, health professionals and many of my constituents have is that no-one can answer these questions.
“There is no long-term plan and we will all end up making do with whatever bones of our NHS remains.”