Hospital campaigners have defended their decision to walk out during a public meeting over the controversial plans to move servcies.
About 200 people who had gone to the meeting at the John Smith’s Stadium to quiz health bosses over the plans walked out before the end.
And many insisted they did so because they were disgusted at the attitude of the health chiefs outlining plans which could cost Huddersfield its A & E unit.
Some claimed the Clinical Commissioning Group officials were simply not listening to the concerns raised by many people.
The plans will see A & E services switched to Calderdale and a new hospital built in Huddersfield to eventually replace the Royal Infirmary.
Protestors took to social media to express their views.
Paula Acton: I walked out because I had heard all the same answers watching the live stream of the previous meeting and was disgusted with the ‘we don’t know yet’ ‘we haven’t worked that bit out yet’ answers. My friend and I mentioned leaving a few minutes before the walkout so when others were leaving we decided to join them, I had better things to do with my time than listen to people lie to me
Margaret Anne Newsome Georgiadou: I would say it was a good thing. Folk showed interest in GOING, but showed also their disgust ( as opposed to lack of interest) in LEAVING.
Kaz Taylor: Exactly what we all knew would happen with the CCG. And I would like to point out that some people walked out before the mass walk out as well. Simply because they had had enough of listening to the same old same old.
Nicola Jowett: I walked out because I’ve heard their script before. I know a criticism is that people walking out means that they weren’t listening to the ccg but what were we supposed to listen to? They won’t answer people’s questions.
Sean Doyle: Hey I had enough on the first one having walked out then. no way was I going for a second dose of b.s..
Christine Martindale: There were at least five of us who are part of the Upper Colne Valley Group who had already said, individually, when the meeting date was announced, if we became angry and not happy with the answers given we would be walking out. Once again the same, same old, same old responses to some very relevant questions even though they hadn’t covered some other important issues when choosing them.