Marchers walk from Todmorden to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to protest at hospital cuts plan

Health bosses last month announced a ‘reform’ of services in West Yorkshire which could lead to the closure or downgrade of A&E departments at one or both hospitals

 

Demonstrators staged a 20-mile walk to fight to save hospital services.

They took to the streets in protest against the potential closures of accident and emergency departments in Halifax or Huddersfield .

Calder Valley Labour candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn led a walk from Todmorden to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary yesterday.

The walk took place as concerns mount over the potential closure of casualty departments at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary , Lindley, and Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax.

Health bosses last month announced a ‘reform’ of services in West Yorkshire which could lead to the closure or downgrade of A&E departments at one or both hospitals.

 

One option favours keeping a unit at Huddersfield, while another would see the service shift to Calderdale.

A third could see patients transferred to a regional centre at somewhere such as Leeds or Bradford.

The walk, via Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Elland, aimed to highlight the distance patients and ambulance crews would have to travel for emergency services.

Mr Fenton-Glynn, will stand against current Calder Valley MP, Conservative Craig Whittaker, in the next general election.

He said: “No-one is arguing that the NHS doesn’t need to be improved. No-one is saying everything is perfect, but this is the wrong thing to do.

“It’s a cut masquerading as a reform.

“It doesn’t make any sense. I’m perfectly happy to have a reasoned debate about it, but lots of the claims don’t hold up to scrutiny.”

Mr Fenton-Glynn added: “Of all the people we spoke to, no-one is convinced that this is about reform to improve the health service.

“Everyone knows that these are cuts and these are cuts that are dangerous.”

Also on the walk was Colne  Valley Labour candidate, Binnie Joshi Barr.

Ms Joshi Barr, of Linthwaite, said: “I had to have my daughter at Halifax and the traffic was crazy and it took us ages to get there.

“Even with the blue lights on it will take plenty of time to get there and you don’t want that in a situation of life and death.”

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