Scores of people are expected at a Question Time-style debate in Huddersfield on crucial health issues.

And the man set to chair the big debate tonight has promised to do his best to get an open discussion.

Dr Pete Woodcock, of the University of Huddersfield, is in the hotseat for the debate at St Paul’s Hall from 7pm to 9pm.

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The aim of the debate is to answer key questions about the future of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s A & E unit and hospital services across both Huddersfield and Calderdale.

Dr Woodcock said: “There should be a good attendance with more than 80 people applying for the tickets.

Dr. Pete Woodcock
Dr. Pete Woodcock

“We have also had plenty of questions submitted and I have spent the past couple of days sorting through them to come up with a range of questions which address the main issues.

“I want a big, open discussion about health services; it’s not a sabre-rattling exercise for the local campaign group”.

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Panellists lined up include Drs Steve Ollerton, Alan Brook and David Hughes, who are all members of the Clinical Commissioning Groups who have put forward plans for hospital services.

Other panellists will be Dr Adnan Mohammed, Unison health spokesman Tony Pearson and Mike Ramsden, of the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

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