EXAMINER readers are not prepared to let their hospital services go without a fight.
You've responded in your thousands to an appeal to Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.
The Examiner's open letter asked the minister to review the controversial plans approved by local health bosses - and it has met with a staggering response.
In a little over a week 5,819 people have submitted forms - and they are still rolling in.
The letters are being stockpiled ready for the battle against the changes to go to Westminster.
MPs Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield), Kali Mountford (Colne Valley) and Mary Creagh (Wakefield) have asked Mrs Hewitt's office for a face-to-face meeting over their concerns on the plans, which will see key services move from Huddersfield to Halifax and vice versa.
And the Examiner will be in that delegation to pass on the letters of protest over the plans.
Editor Roy Wright said: "We are not surprised by the strength of feeling.
"People in Huddersfield made their views clearly known during the consultation process. They want full hospital services to stay in Huddersfield.
"Now the Health Secretary will know just how strongly people feel."
The intention is to meet the minister by the end of this month. The Examiner will reprint the form next week.
Meanwhile, Kirklees Council Green Party group leader Andrew Cooper has suggested a huge demonstration of opposition to proposals should be in Leicester.
Mrs Hewitt, as well as being the Health Secretary, is the MP for Leicester West
Clr Cooper said: "What we need is to demonstrate to the Health Secretary the huge strength of public feeling in Huddersfield on this issue.
"Health services all round the country are being reconfigured, so it is not at all certain that she will come to Huddersfield.
"If we go to London our voice would be lost among people lobbying the Government about a whole host of issues. The people of Huddersfield need to go to the minister's own constituency in unprecedented numbers to show the strength of feeling on this matter."
* Hospital finances in Huddersfield are relatively healthy, the Examiner can reveal.
New figures show tight financial controls at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust have paid off.
Last October finance chiefs put recovery plans in place after announcing that they were staring at a £1.8m funding `black hole'.
By January this year health bosses had managed to rein in spending and cut the debt to £1.2m.
The Examiner understands the cost-cutting stretched as far as the boardroom, with board meeting notes being printed on both sides for the first time.
Bosses were barred from using traditional projectors with acetate sheets, due to the cost of buying the sheets. They and were ordered to use digital projectors which were already in service.
By the end of February the trust had managed to claw back almost £500,000.
On February 28 the trust was in the red to the tune of £792,000 on its annual budget of £242m.
Bosses said they were still adding up end of year figures, which would take the trust up to March 31.
Only this week the Worcester Acute Hospitals Trust announced it was to sack 720 staff.
The trust, which has a £30m overspend, said it needed to balance the books .
The North Stafford NHS Trust recently announced plans to axe 1000 jobs - one in seven people employed by the trust - after racking up debts of £17m.
On a national level, a survey of patients' forums has revealed that 70% of members fear the Health Service debts will increase.
Patient and Public Involvement Forums were launched in December, 2003, to try and ensure an independent voice for patients and the public on health issues.
The survey, by the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, of the 237 forums across England found 60% of trusts would be axing services, with 58% believing staff numbers will also be chopped.
Commission chief executive Steve Lowden said: "The results give cause for concern and show there is growing evidence that the financial cuts are already having a negative impact on the level of patient services that can be provided.
"Hopefully this is not the tip of the iceberg."