An online consultation over the future of our hospitals ended in fury after many were cut off an hour before the deadline.

The Right Care Right Time Right Place survey has now been extended until Friday after a technical glitch meant many missed out on having their say on hospital shake up proposals.

Many complained of being unable to access the form at 11pm on Tuesday evening, despite the deadline not being until midnight.

One who missed out was 66-year-old Dennis Shields from Meltham.

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Dennis, a retired headteacher, said: “I was furious. This is something I feel really passionate about.”

Dennis had been at a meeting until late on Tuesday evening and attempted to fill out the form when he got home at 10pm.

“It’s something I have been meaning to do for a while but I’ve been really busy”, he added.

“I filled it in online, then halfway through it just came up saying ‘we’re very sorry this is no longer available’.”

Dennis tried to re-access the form to no avail, a frustration shared by many others online.

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Bex Leigh wrote on Twitter: “Great effort in allowing everyone to have their say! This is a complete mess!”

Steve Mathan slammed the survey’s early closure as an “utter disgrace”, while many others demanded to know what went wrong and called for more time to complete it.

The survey has already been criticised as “misleading” by Hands Off HRI campaigners, who claim it is set out to trick users into accepting a clinical model where there is only one A&E department for two towns.

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NHS Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield CCG have now apologised for the error and have given people until 5pm on Friday to fill out the questionnaire.

A spokeswoman said: “A technical issue occurred between 11pm and midnight on Tuesday, which meant that some people were unable to submit their survey online.

“The technical issue has now been resolved and we have now extended the opportunity for people to complete their survey online until 5pm on Friday June 24.”