It's been three months since the shock news that Huddersfield could lose its A&E.
On January 15, the Examiner broke the news that Huddersfield A&E could be closed, HRI demolished and emergency care based at Calderdale Royal Hospital.
In the weeks that followed, tens of thousands of people banded together to fight the plans, Huddersfield, Halifax and north Kirklees MPs debated the proposal in parliament and councillors announced their objections.
Rallies and protests have become commonplace at meetings attended by health chiefs, and last month the biggest rally seen in a generation was held in Huddersfield town centre as thousands came together to say NO! to Right Care, Right Time, Right Place.
Here's what's been happening since the announcement at the start of the year:
Hands Off HRI: A timeline
Health chiefs judge that the Right Care Right Time Right Place plan is ready for public consultation. Hundreds of angry protestors attend the meeting at Briar Court.
#HandsOffHRI campaigners hold their first rally in St George’s Square.
The hospital shake-up plan consultation is pencilled for February 8 – but it’s later delayed until March 15.
During a debate in Parliament, MPs Jason McCartney, Barry Sheerman and others slam the Calderdale Royal Hospital PFI deal which is choking Huddersfield and Calderdale’s hospital trust. Huddersfield NHS managers also receive a panning by Mr Sheerman.
Kirklees and Calderdale councillors are given EIGHT HOURS to ‘scrutinise’ a public consultation document.
The public consultation is delayed until the end of February.
A draft of the public consultation document ‘Have Your Say’ is released with further details of which services HRI and CRH will provide. It is the first time the public sees a questionnaire they will be invited to complete.
The Examiner reveals that HRI and CRH have been declaring ‘black alerts’. This is the most serious alert a hospital can declare which means it can take no more patients.
Scrutiny councillors on Kirklees and Calderdale councils say they are ‘powerless’ to stop the consultation, despite pleas from protestors.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt writes to Barry Sheerman and Jason McCartney agreeing to meet them to discuss Right Care Right Time Right Place.
Thousands attend a march and rally in Huddersfield town centre. It is the biggest Huddersfield rally in a generation.
Hospital bosses reveal that Right Care Right Time Right Place will still leave the trust with recurring deficits of £9.5m per year. Monitor says this is ‘unsustainable in the long run’.
Local NHS chiefs announce public consultation events, including a formal presentation at the John Smith’s Stadium, in April.
The Examiner announces plans for its Save Huddersfield A&E Battle Bus to mark the start of the consultation
Public consultation begins — make your voice heard!