Huddersfield Royal Infirmary looks set to lose its A & E department.
The bombshell news was revealed this morning by a “furious” Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.
He described the plan as a complete U-turn by health chiefs who had earlier been said to be in favour of closing the A & E unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital and centralising casualty care in Huddersfield.
Health chiefs are set to meet next Wednesday at Huddersfield’s Briar Court Hotel and begin the final, formal consultation on the controversial move.
But Mr Sheerman is angry at the latest move.
He said: “We are set to pay the price for a very badly-negotiated Private Finance Initiative in Calderdale.
“It is an appalling situation.
“They have decided that because of the shocking PFI contract in Halifax that every effort should be made to improve the situation there.
“This is a terrible bombshell for Huddersfield. All the way along the talks over many, many months we have been told that Huddersfield would retain their A & E unit.
“People in Huddersfield deserve better.
“Health chiefs in Halifax got into serious debt and negotiated a very poor PFI contract to secure the new hospital.
“In Huddersfield we had a very well-run health and hospital service but we were persuaded to merge with Calderdale.
“Now we are being told by the Clinical Commissioning groups that because of that PFI we will have to make the move and send all our people to Halifax for care.
“It makes me furious and I am sure it will make everyone in the town furious.
“We are a larger community, a lager town, effectively a university city with a large population and many of those will need A & E care.
“All the way through these talks I was told the option was to shut down Calderdale and keep Huddersfield and now they deliver this bombshell”.