HEALTH chiefs have been urged to speed up work to transfer Holme Valley Memorial Hospital from one health trust to another.
The fate of the Holmfirth hospital has been in doubt for years.
It now belongs to the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, which runs Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, St Luke's Hospital at Crosland Moor and the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.
It was due to be taken over by the GP-led South Huddersfield Primary Care Trust when it was formed in April last year.
Mrs Carol McKenna, director of modernisation, told a board meeting of the Primary Care Trust at Holmfirth Civic Hall that progress had not been as fast as they would have liked.
She said the issue of the trust taking on the site without managing the services provided was under debate.
"We need to make sure we are not duplicating services and make sure we maximise value for money," she said.
Mrs Margaret Dale, non-executive director, expressed her disappointment at the length of time negotiations had taken place.
Trust chairman Mr John Chilton urged members to make a decision by the end of the financial year.
The hospital was built by public subscription after the First World War.