Consultation on hospitals finishes

Dr Phil Earnshaw, chariman of the Wakefield Allliance Consortium.
Dr Phil Earnshaw, chariman of the Wakefield Allliance Consortium.

A three-month public consultation into the future of hospital services across the Wakefield district has come to an end.

The Meeting the Challenge proposals cover plans to create an acute and complex care centre at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, with elective, outpatient and rehabiliative care at Pontefract and Dewsbury Hospitals.

The consultation ran from March 4 to May 31, with 40 roadshows and eight public meetings around the district, plus information leaflets sent to 242,000 households.

There have also been drop-in sessions with senior consultants from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, a telephone survey of 1,000 people, webchats and web polling, as well as talking to patients and visitors and meetings with specific groups.

Dr Phil Earnshaw, chairman of Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I am grateful to everyone who has taken part and told us their views. We will take full account of all the feedback we have received.”