Campaigners hoping to prevent the downgrade of a hospital will link hands around its buildings.

The A&E at Dewsbury District Hospital is to be downgraded to an urgent care centre as part of a shake-up of hospital services in Dewsbury and Wakefield.

Coupled with the proposed closure of Huddersfield’s A&E, the downgrade of the Dewsbury hospital’s A& will leave Kirklees – a borough with 431,000 people – without an emergency care department.

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Dewsbury & District Hospital. Healds Road, Dewsbury.

Protesters hope by linking hands around the building they will show Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs the hospital, the strength of their fight to keep Dewsbury’s A&E.

The protest is planned for 5.30pm on Thursday.