THE results of the independent inquiry into moving maternity services away from Huddersfield should be known within three months.
The Independent Reconfiguration Panel is currently considering the proposals.
This follows an Examiner campaign culminating in 7,000 of your letters of protest being handed to Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.
Members of the review panel will now look into the issue.
Its first port of call will be the Kirklees Council health overview and scrutiny committees.
A spokesman for independent panel said: "We have been asked by the Secretary of State for Health to review the maternity service proposals put forward by Calderdale, Huddersfield Central and South Huddersfield Primary Care Trusts.
"Our review will look at whether their proposals will ensure the provision of safe, effective and accessible maternity services for the people of Calderdale and Huddersfield.
"As part of the review, we will consult with interested parties from all sides of the debate.
"Throughout, we will focus on the patient and the quality of patient care.
"We will consider both the local impact of the proposals and wider national objectives."
As part of the formal review, the panel will consult with interested parties from all sides of the debate.
Panel members will visit sites, hold meetings and interviews and ask for written evidence from interested parties.
These will include groups representing patients such as the local patient and public involvement forums and the overview and scrutiny committees.