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Hands Off HRI: Don't sit at home — come and fight for the future of your hospital

Attend Monday's public meeting at John Smith's Stadium and show local NHS bosses what you think of their plan

Today is the day you can tell health chiefs face-to-face just what you think of their plans for the biggest shake-up of local NHS services in 60 years.

And whatever you think about Right Care Right Time Right Place you need to get down to John Smith’s Stadium for 6pm and let your voice be heard.

Natalie Ratcliffe, secretary of the #HandsOffHRI campaign, said: “The people of Huddersfield shouldn’t sit at home. The people of Huddersfield should try their best to get down there.

“Even if you pull up outside and there’s a queue, stay in it because it will show the strength of public feeling.

“Don’t sit at home and expect people to fight your corner – get down there please.”

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Campaign founder Karl Deitch said: "If you want to save our services at the HRI then please come down and show your support.

"It's not a done deal and we have a chance to show the CCG that the people of Huddersfield will not take this lying down.

Save HRI A&E campaigner Karl Deitch, St. George's Square, Huddersfield.

"We're just a group of 48,000 local passionate people who want to save our hospital. We need as many people down at the CCG meeting on Monday.

"This is your chance to stand and be counted and make a difference."

The implications for the future of healthcare in Huddersfield and Calderdale, as set out in this proposal, are profound and could last for generations to come.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Accident & Emergency Dept. Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) will be demolished and replaced with a smaller hospital which will have an urgent care centre – but no emergency care unit.

For that you’ll have to go to Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH), in Halifax – or further afield to Barnsley or Oldham.

And it isn’t just urgent and emergency care that will be affected.

Right Care Right Time Right Place (RCRTRP) will radically change how other services are provided – everything from paediatric care to planned operations.

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For better or worse, there will be fewer services provided in hospitals and more provided ‘in the community’.

Few would argue that nothing needs to change; the NHS both nationally and locally is in its toughest period since it began in 1948.

The trust, which runs HRI and CRH, is deep in debt and this is hardly helped by a crippling PFI deal used to build the Halifax hospital.

But the people of Huddersfield and Calderdale – RCRTRP will have an enormous impact of the people of Calderdale too – deserve a local health service which is fit for purpose.

Today is the day to really have your say and we will be giving it massive coverage — join us from 5.30pm for LIVE coverage of tonight's meeting.



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