PROTESTERS are expected to pack a meeting next Tuesday to decide the future of hospital services in Huddersfield.
But members of the public will not be allowed to get involved in the crucial debate.
Board members of Calderdale and Huddersfield Primary Care Trusts will be deciding on the controversial proposals at a meeting at the town's Galpharm Stadium.
Their plans were contained in the Looking to the Future consultation document .
They have stirred up a storm of protest over the past few months.
But health officials have stressed: The meeting is in public, but it is not a public meeting.
A trust spokesman said: "There will be no opportunity for the public to get involved. There has been full public consultation, including a number of public meetings.
"This is now an opportunity for the board members to look at all the evidence.
"That debate will be conducted in a public forum and the feedback from the public will form a part of that."
The meeting is being held at the Galpharm's English Partnership Suite, because large numbers of people are expected.
The doors will open at 9am and the meeting begins at 9.30am.
Proposals include moving some maternity, children's and women's services from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, with others being centralised at Huddersfield.
St Luke's Hospital at Crosland Moor is also likely to be shut, with services moved to the other sites.
Tens of thousands of people have opposed many of the plans.
Two mass protests and marches took place, one last December 10 and the second on January 14.
A third is planned for Huddersfield town centre at 11am tomorrow.
Dr Jackie Grunsell, a Huddersfield GP who has led much of the opposition, said: "I expect a lot of people will be at the meeting.
"The trust have said the public can observe, but not participate in the debate, which is normal practice.
"I just hope the public presence at the meeting will convince trust members of the strength of feeling".