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#HandsoffHRI: Thousands of protesters expected at Huddersfield A&E public meeting

Warnings many will have to stand outside as the venue won't house them all

Thousands of people are expected to protest at a public meeting in Huddersfield where NHS bosses will formally present health plans which include closing the town’s A&E department.

And so many protesters are likely they are being warned there may not be enough room inside the venue to house them all.

It is one of just two large public meetings where the Right Care Right Time Right Place plan will be formally presented by local NHS bosses, and is being held at the John Smith’s Stadium, on April 18 at 6pm.

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The other meeting is at the North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, on April 14 at 6pm, and they follow the official start of a 14-week public consultation on the plan, which began on March 15.

It is thought more than 2,000 protesters could attend the Huddersfield meeting, but the venue is only expected to be able to house between 400 and 500 people.

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Let’s Save Huddersfield A&E founder Karl Deitch said: “We want a lot of people there, as it is a very important meeting, but people should realise there will be limited room inside.

“If people want to ask questions at the meeting then it is important they get there early. But if you are wanting to go to show your protest and to make a noise then please still come along, but you may be stood outside.”

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He also urged people to consider car sharing if possible.

“It would be nice if people could pick their neighbours up, and I hope as many people as possible will turn up.”

The rest of the meetings in the coming weeks – including one at Shelley College tomorrow (Wednesday, March 30) from 2pm-8pm – are public information sessions where people can drop in during the day and talk to health staff about the plans.



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