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Hands off HRI: Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman raises A & E issue in the Commons

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt put on the spot in debate

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has raised the issue of the future of the town’s A & E unit in the Commons.

The veteran Labour MP took the opportunity to put Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the spot in Westminster.

Mr Sheerman is spearheading a fight to keep full A & E services at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Health chiefs are looking at plans to shift full services to Calderdale Royal Hospital, which is lumbered with a huge Private Finance Initiative debt.

He said: “I took the opportunity during a debate on NHS Trusts who are in special measures to raise the Huddersfield issue.

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“I said that although our Trust was not in such a situation, we are faced with concerns that we could be one of the largest towns in Britain without a full A & E unit.

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“I raised the concern that GPs who serve on the Clinical Commissioning Groups making vital decisions on hospital services are in effect taking on the role of managers, and asked Mr Hunt if he was aware of that.

“I am determined to keep this pot boiling”.

But Mr Hunt sidestepped Mr Sheerman’s question and confined his answer to details about Trusts in financial problems.

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