NEW figures have revealed huge differences in the quality of health treatment across Kirklees.

The Healthcare Commission released their annual star ratings to health services around the country today.

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Infirmary, was awarded a top score of three stars.

But there were no stars for Dewsbury District Hospital.

The three-star rating means the Calderdale and Huddersfield Trust works at the highest level of performance.

Out of 173 similar Trusts, only 73 scored three stars.

The excellent three-star score was repeated by South Huddersfield Primary Care Trust.

Out of more than 300 Primary Care Trusts only 58 were awarded three stars.

Neighbouring Huddersfield Central PCT was awarded two stars.

North Kirklees PCT was awarded only one star.

The Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which includes Dewsbury District Hospital, was given a no-star rating. This means a trust has shown the poorest level of performance against key targets.

West Yorkshire's ambulance service was given a one-star rating, while the local mental health trust received two stars.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Run Dewsbury District Hospital, Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield and Pontefract General Infirmary.


Received no stars.

CHIEF executive John Parkes said they expected to get no stars due to problems in the Trust - which were being turned around.

He added: "We are now looking to the future. We have a clear plan for the Trust and are working with our partners in primary care and at the West Yorkshire Health Authority to take the Trust forward.

"We are confident that we are moving in the right direction by making significant progress on our performance since 2004, and this will be reflected in the new performance ratings being introduced for next year.

North Kirklees Primary Care Trust

Based in Batley.


Received one star

CHIEF executive Philip Sands said it had been a "challenging" year.

He added: "We are continuing to work with our local hospital trust, neighbouring PCTs and other providers to develop high quality local services which are provided as close to people's homes as possible - in the community, in primary care or at their local hospital. "

Huddersfield South Primary Care Trust

Based at Crosland Moor.


Received three stars.

Huddersfield Central Primary Care Trust

Based at Crosland Moor.


Received two stars.

CHIEF executive Kevin Holder said they were delighted with the ratings but were not complacent.

He added: "I would like to congratulate all our front-line staff on these awards. We do recognise that there is still more to be done as we strive to provide everyone with access to high quality services.

"All local NHS, non-NHS and social care organisations are committed to working closely, taking a joint approach to developing new and existing services and making sure that all our communities receive the care and treatment they need"

West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (WYMAS)

Runs ambulances and paramedics across the county.


Received one star.

CHIEF executive Kevin Ellis said they had worked hard to meet a target of reaching 75% of life-threatening calls within eight minutes.

He added: "We are now continuing to push forward on all areas of our operation to ensure that we continue to provide the highest possible level of service to all our patients."

The South West Mental Health NHS Trust

Based at St Luke's Hospital and Dewsbury District Hospital.


Received two stars.

CHIEF executive Judith Young said she was pleased with the result.

She added: "`We have made a lot of positive change, in response to what service users and carers told us they wanted, for example, increased community services to support people at home.

"We have worked hard to offer services that are modern and effective and that meet the needs of individuals and I am very proud of the continued commitment and professionalism of our staff."

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust

The Trust runs the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, St Luke's Hospital, Crosland Moor, and Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax.


Received three stars.

DIRECTOR of service development John Lawlor said he was delighted with regaining three stars.

He added: "It is particularly pleasing for the staff.

"It was quite depressing last year when we went down from three to two stars.

"Last year's rating was about a number of things, including a lot about performance areas which weren't clinical areas but responses to patients.

"We dusted ourselves down and asked staff to redouble their efforts - which they have.

"The star ratings changes next year to a new broader system so we are working hard to make sure we meet these targets.

"There will be no complacency."