CALLS have been made for Dewsbury District Hospital to be allowed to leave cash-strapped Mid Yorkshire Trust and instead join with Huddersfield and Calderdale NHS Trust.
Kirklees Liberal Democrats Leader Clr Kath Pinnock believes that the deficit inherited by Dewsbury District Hospital from Wakefields’ Pinderfields Hospital is now an unavoidable ‘dead weight’, dragging the hospital down at the cost of local health and care services.
Mid Yorkshire Trust was formed in 2002 to run Dewsbury District, Pinderfields and Pontefract.
But Clr Pinnock has suggested that Dewsbury District Hospital should now be allowed to leave the Mid-Yorkshire Trust and join Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal as a trio of collectively managed hospitals serving Kirklees and Calderdale.
Clr Pinnock said: “The people of Dewsbury, Spen Valley and other parts of North Kirklees should not be asked to pay the price of Pinderfields financial failings.”
“Ever since the trust was formed, the financial deficit inherited from Pinderfields has left services at Dewsbury in a very vulnerable position and the current proposal to downgrade the accident and emergency among other services is massive step too far and says a lot about the trust’s plans for the hospital in the future.”
The calls follow last week’s approval by Mid Yorkshire Trust Cluster Board for a full consultation to the proposed reduction of A&E services to minor injuries at Dewsbury and changing maternity services to midwife-led facilities.
A petition of more than 3,000 people opposed plans to close A&E in Dewsbury.