A high-profile lawyer, representing a campaign to save Huddersfield’s A&E, says he has found ‘serious and major concerns’ in a public consultation on a controversial hospital shake-up plan.

Yogi Amin, who is representing #HandsOffHRI, told campaigners he had identified ‘23 points of concern’ in a public consultation on the Right Care Right Time Right Place (RCRTRP) proposal.

Mr Amin, a public affairs specialist at law firm Irwin Mitchell, is helping the campaign mount a legal challenge against the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) behind RCRTRP.

If CCG chiefs fail to allay concerns raised by the firm, Irwin Mitchell may take the health authorities to the High Court on the grounds that the consultation was unlawful.

At a #HandsOffHRI meeting on Monday, Mr Amin told campaigners: “Is this consultation lawful? I can’t give you a silver bullet magic answer.

“What we can say is we have looked at the (CCGs’) business case and we have serious and major concerns.

“We have 23 points of concern.”

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Mr Amin said he could not disclose the 23 points while correspondence with the CCGs was ongoing.

But he said he was concerned about the lack of detail on emergency journey times, funding and the ability of community services to take over services currently delivered in hospitals.

Mr Amin added there were questions on how the plan would affect the local NHS's ability to respond to major incidents.

Lawyer Yogi Amin addresses #HandsOffHRI meeting with Irwin Mitchell solicitor Rebecca Chapman (centre) and #HandsOffHRI secretary Natalie Ratcliffe
Lawyer Yogi Amin addresses #HandsOffHRI meeting with Irwin Mitchell solicitor Rebecca Chapman (centre) and #HandsOffHRI secretary Natalie Ratcliffe

Mr Amin, who has led several high-profile cases, added: “We’re not saying they have put together this proposal on the back of a fag packet.

“We are saying there are major gaps at this stage.”

Irwin Mitchell has submitted a list of questions to Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale CCGs and is expecting a reply by June 30.

The firm has asked the CCGs to extend the public consultation which is set to end at midnight on Tuesday.

Under the RCRTRP proposal Huddersfield Royal Infirmary will be demolished and replaced with a smaller hospital on the adjacent Acre Mills site. It will have an urgent care centre but crucially, no emergency care unit.

Emergency care will be centralised at an expanded Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax.

The proposals have met with anger throughout Huddersfield, with thousands attending a major rally against the plans in St George’s Square.

Many hundreds also turned out to public meetings at the John Smith’s Stadium.