DALTON councillors have put aside their political differences to attack health bosses for a failure to serve their community.
The three Dalton representatives are desperately trying to persuade health officials to provide a GP surgery to serve the housing sprawl of Dalton and Rawthorpe.
They say thousands of people face a long walk or bus journey to get medical treatment.
Labour councillors Angela Ellam and Peter McBride and Lib-Dem Roger Battye say they have been given `hollow words' from bosses at Huddersfield Central Primary Care Trust.
Clr Ellam said all three were united to try and force the trust to provide better services for the area's residents.
She added: "Between Leeds Road and Wakefield Road there are no GP services until you reach Kirkheaton.
"There used to be a surgery near Rawthorpe Junior School. But it closed and two new ones were built on Wakefield Road.
"Some of the most deprived people in our ward now have to get two buses to visit the GP.
"We have asked the trust at numerous meetings what it plans to do to improve the health inequalities in the centre of Dalton, which is one of the 3% most deprived places in the UK.
"They always say they are committed to doing something, but they haven't got the funds to build a new surgery, nor would they get GPs to work there. The trust says the right things in meetings but their words are just hollow."
The area has 17,289 residents and 2,585 of them are aged 65 or over.
Clr Ellam said they had asked GPs to run health sessions at Rawthorpe High School, but they had refused.
She added: "A year ago we met the trust to discuss its plans to build a new surgery in the centre of Kirkheaton, which already has a fairly new surgery. We wrote to the trust four weeks ago asking it to clarify what the plans were for the centre of Dalton and the new surgery in Kirkheaton.
"We haven't had a response."
A spokeswomen for the two Huddersfield primary care trusts said: "Following the retirement of Dr Jacobs in April, 2004, the Central trust worked closely with neighbouring GP surgeries to make sure that all patients in the Dalton area could register with an alternative practice.
"We recognise that for some patients there may be some inconvenience, due to longer journey times.
"We are committed to providing quality healthcare premises and improving access to services for all patients in the Huddersfield area.
"As part of that programme we have recently paid for the development of the new Waterloo Practice.
"There are also plans in place to redevelop The Junction practice at Moldgreen.
"The trust's estates strategic group is reviewing the premises development programme for future years.
"The needs of the people of Dalton - and all other communities in Huddersfield - will be factored into that review."