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NHS Chiefs Scrap Huddersfield A&E Closure Plan

The directive has come from the new Health Secretary - Matt Hancock.

NHS bosses have scrapped plans to close the A&E department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
 
The directive has come from the new Health Secretary - Matt Hancock. He has shelved the controversial proposals - which have been met with much opposition across Kirklees and Calderdale.
 
In May, his predecessor Jeremy Hunt said the plan to close the accident and emergency at HRI was 'flawed' - and Mr Hancock has now taken it one step further.
 
Under one new plan A&E services will be retained there, but ambulance patients will be taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax. Kirklees Council want a brand new hospital between Huddersfield and Dewsbury.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, has written to Mr Hancock, welcoming the shift in direction on future delivery of accident and emergency services in Calderdale and Huddersfield. 

The Council has expressed support for the proposals, drafted by Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, which would potentially bring nearly £200 million investment to Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust, transforming Calderdale Royal Hospital, and ensuring better acute and urgent care for our residents. 
 
Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said: "After six years of consultation and debate on the future of urgent health care in Calderdale and Huddersfield we are now at a point where we can secure the investment which is needed to deliver these vital services. We understand that the proposals being submitted to NHS England from our local health system reflect a shift in provision across both hospital sites which respond to the concerns expressed by the Joint Scrutiny Panel, and crucially are in line with the recommendations of our People's Commission.
 
"We welcome the support of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership in making this proposed capital investment its top priority within the region.

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