THE health trust which runs Huddersfield Royal Infirmary suffered a massive blow today after losing a coveted star in the latest league tables.
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust slipped from the top-level rating of three stars to two.
South Huddersfield and Central Huddersfield primary care trusts also dropped from three stars to two.
The West Yorkshire Ambulance Service took a blow in the ratings as well.
It received just one star, because of failing to answer three-quarters of life-threatening calls within the target time of eight minutes.
The downgrading for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust is a second setback, after its bid for foundation status was recently deferred. Its fall in the rankings reflects worries over its financial situation.
But hospital chiefs said today they were determined to press on with their application for foundation status.
Trust chief executive Diane Whittingham said: "The trust performed excellently on most key targets. The areas we need to improve on relate to data collection and quality."
South Huddersfield Primary Care Trust said it was working hard to meet `challenging' financial targets that it failed to hit.
Acting chief executive Jonathan Himsworth said: "We are disappointed we didn't receive a three-star rating. But our two-star rating means the PCT is performing very well overall."
Central Huddersfield PCT chief executive Dawn Stephenson
said: "We are obviously disappointed not to have received a three-star rating. We are confident services are continuing to improve."
The one star for the ambulance service is a reflection of concerns about ambulance services countrywide.
A spokeswoman said improvements had been made and 999 targets had been met for the last four months.
South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust chief executive Judith Young said staff were delighted with its two-star rating.
The Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, which includes hospitals in Dewsbury, was awarded no stars. It was judged one of the country's worst.