Published On: Sat, Apr 12th, 2014 on 3:34 pm

Halifax residents vow to fight against Calderdale Hospital A&E closure

Halifax Meeting AE Closure

Halifax campaigners hold up a petition to lobby change

Park Ward residents have gathered to voice their concerns over potential plans to close the accident and emergency (A&E) department at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

At a public meeting held at the King’s Centre on Park Road yesterday, around 40 local residents gathered to voice opposition to the plans made by the government to close the A&E unit in a bid to save the NHS £50 million.

The plan was announced in 2012, and has been heavily scrutinised by members of the public.

Residents argue that the department’s closure would mean patients seeking emergency care would have to travel to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, which is located around seven miles away.

Additionally, hundreds of people have protested, and thousands of signatures have already been collected as part of the ‘Save Our A&E’ campaign.

Halifax MP Linda Riordan said: “This is the strongest I’ve ever felt in Halifax that the public are against the closure.

“Already we’ve had several meetings around the borough, we’ve been collecting petitions and have already got thousands of names.”

Park Ward Cllr Jenny Lynn added: “Despite what this government says, not only do we have one of the best healthcare services in the world free to the point of delivery, but one of the most efficient.

“It’s a complete waste of money to think that our hospital in Halifax, which was built barely a decade ago, should be downgraded to somewhere where you can go to have minor and planned surgery. We are determined to get the whole Council behind us to demand that these proposals be withdrawn.”

Other speakers at the meeting included Cllr Ferman Ali, Cllr Faisal Shoukat, and community members, who were urged to have their say on the subject.

A demonstration is planned to be held on 3 May.

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  1. eric says:

    STOP THE CUTS no chance in hell I am going to Huddersfield for an accident

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