THE decisions to shift key services from the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary have been condemned.
And the area's two angry MPs, Barry Sheerman and Kali Mountford, today vowed: "We will take it further".
The pair have pledged to raise the issue with health secretary Patricia Hewitt in the House of Commons.
Colne Valley MP Ms Mountford said: "I think on the basis of what I have heard about the debates, it must be raised with the Secretary of State.
"At the very least, the Trusts should have promised to review services further down the line - months rather than weeks. The idea of moving them so quickly is a derisory timetable.
"I know thousands objected but the concern was always that this was not about cuts but about change. We need to address the problem of meeting modern standards of health care".
Huddersfield MP Mr Sheerman was furious with the way the decisions were reached.
He labelled it "a disgrace" and said: "This was not a consultation exercise at all.
"I am very disappointed and it has to be referred to the Secretary of State.
"I am deeply disappointed there has been not any hint of a compromise on any of the issues.
"I expected more of the people on our three Primary Care Trusts".
The decisions were also attacked by Clr Kath Pinnock, leader of Kirklees Council.
She accused local NHS and hospital chiefs of "flying in the face of massive public opinion" in approving plans to transfer vital hospital services from Huddersfield to Halifax.
She said: "As the elected representatives of the residents of Kirklees, the council has made it very clear from two resolutions approved at the council that it is opposed to the changes and has called quite clearly for the retention of surgical, gynaecological, children's and maternity services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
"These calls backed by petitions signed by tens of thousands of local people who are opposed to moving services from Huddersfield to Halifax have today been totally disregarded.
"There have been unprecedented demonstrations and marches through the streets of Huddersfield, including lobbying at today's decision-making meeting - all to no avail.
"They have fallen on deaf ears.
"This council will continue to support the opposition to these changes, particularly through supporting the legal position of the joint scrutiny committee between ourselves and colleagues in Calderdale Council to formally refer this matter to the Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.
"I hope that an early meeting of that scrutiny committee will strongly endorse that course of action."
She added: "I cannot think of any other issue that has resulted in such widespread reaction and opposition as some of these proposals, particularly in relation to maternity services.
"Everyone is in favour of improved health services and I am the first person to recognise that the NHS trusts are under immense pressure to make the best use of their financial and professional resources. But they must take account of public opinion, and it is our role as elected councillors to continue to drive that message home."
* PLANNED general, orthopaedic and gynaecological surgery will be moved to Calderdale Royal Hospital. This includes planned breast cancer surgery.
* Emergency orthopaedic, paediatric and general surgery will be done at HRI. Complex planned surgery will also be done there.
* More minor surgery and rehabilitation will take place in the community.
Although A&E departments will function at both hospitals, HRI will become the main `hot site' for emergency operations involving major trauma - such as road crashes.
Health chiefs say moving planned surgery will reduce the number of operations cancelled due to emergencies and help control infection rates.
David Wise, clinical director of surgical services for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, said it would also help staff gain more experience by letting them work across two different settings.
He said it was only the actual operations which would take place in Halifax and patients would get before and after care in their home town.
He added that the investment Huddersfield people had made in breast cancer services at HRI would continue to be built on when services move to Halifax.
* MATERNITY services will move to Calderdale Royal Hospital.
* The special care baby unit at HRI will also move to Halifax.
* Only a midwife-led delivery unit will be left in Huddersfield, for mums-to-be expecting low risk births.
* Normal services will run at HRI for 12 months while the midwife-led unit is established. They will run together for a further six months before maternity services shift to Halifax.
* More community midwife care will be made available to disadvantaged women who have not been getting the service.
Health chiefs said services had to move because it they could not provide enough obstetrician cover over two sites, without recruiting more staff.
They said this would cost £2m and few staff are available.
Protesters fear that if complications occur at the midwife-led unit, women in labour will face a dangerous ambulance journey up the busy A629 to consultant services in Halifax.
Bill Mayers, chairman of South Huddersfield PCT, said a tragedy was inevitable and asked what would be done if lives were in danger at the midwife-led unit.
Dr Yvette Oade, director of children's and women's services for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, said such incidents would be rare, but if they happened clinicians from other parts of HRI would step in to help midwives.
HERE are the resolutions and how the board voted.
A total of 30 board members voted on each resolution.
1. Both primary care trusts would broaden their work in the community.
2. St Luke's hospital: Inpatient services for adults and older people with acute mental health problems be relocated to HRI site.
Inpatient services at Castle Hill and New Haven Units for people needing low security care relocated to Fieldhead Hospital, Wakefield.
Where possible mental health services relocated into the community.
General health services that need to be provided within an acute hospital setting relocated to Huddersfield Royal or Acre Mill site.
After relocations are completed the trusts will dispose of the site.
3. The trust will continue to provide high quality hospital services from two hospital sites with two A&E departments.
Amendment put forward to also include two obstetric units. This was voted down.
4. Planned inpatient orthopaedic and planned inpatient general surgery, including breast surgery, and all inpatient gynaecology will be provided at CRH.
All emergency inpatient orthopaedics and emergency general surgery, complex planned surgery and emergency paediatric surgery will be at HRI.
A 24-hour paediatric assessment and observation unit set up for short term stay at HRI.
Inpatient obstetrics and services for babies needing special care at CRH.
5. Transition plan. Full obstetric service at HRI and CRH for a minimum of 12 months while establishing mid-wife led unit at HRI.
Once established the unit will run along Huddersfield obstetric unit for a maximum period of six months for training.
More community midwifery.
6. To improve access and transport links to support the service changes.