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Campaigning pensioner Barbara Farrand to fight again to save hospital services

Veteran of NHS campaign angered by Huddersfield plans

She fought a determined campaign a decade ago to save hospital services in Huddersfield.

And now pensioner Barbara Farrand is gearing up for another fight - to try and save the A&E unit at the Royal Infirmary.

Mrs Farrand is furious at plans revealed last week which suggest the Infirmary could be demolished and replaced with a new unit in Lindley, but that full A&E services would go to Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The Oakes pensioner was the woman who spearheaded a massive campaign to try and keep full maternity services at the Infirmary ten years ago.

She alone collected 6,000 signatures on a petition which went on to raise 60,000 names.

She took the protest to Westminster and galvanised many groups and organisations into action.

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Now 75, she has vowed to do what she can to save the A&E services.

“I think the proposals are disgraceful.

“They have just spend an awful lot of money on revamping the Royal Infirmary, both inside and out, and now plan to demolish it.

“That would be a scandalous waste of money at a hospital that was opened only in 1968.

“As regards A&E, we are a town that has to have its own full service. Taking people to Calderdale when it is an emergency is a non-starter; it is a nightmare journey at the best of times with the traffic, so how would someone living in Lepton or Meltham cope?

Save Our NHS protesters at the stadium, Barbara Farrand (left) and Anne Welburn

“We have a growing university and several big colleges in Huddersfield and we need a full A&E unit”.

Many more people are getting behind the campaign to save the A&E services and a protest is planned for Saturday.

Organisers hope hundreds will attend an hour-long demonstration in St George’s Square between 1pm and 2pm.

One of those behind it, Elliott Hinchliff, has set up a Facebook group at garner support.

He said: “People are willing to have their say on social media but I want to see them come out and show their support for the cause.

“The people who make these decisions will take notice if hundreds of people are out in the town centre”.



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