MPs submit health review responses

MP's Yvette Cooper and Jon Trickett handing over consultation documents to Pontefract Hospital with Kat Baker, Kerrie Gilbert, George Ayre
MP's Yvette Cooper and Jon Trickett handing over consultation documents to Pontefract Hospital with Kat Baker, Kerrie Gilbert, George Ayre
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MPs Yvette Cooper and Jon Trickett will hand over more than 500 responses to health bosses tomorrow on proposed changes to hospital services.

They are handing in responses they have collected to the Meeting the Challenge consultation, which is proposing to make Pinderfields Hospital an acute and complex care centre, with Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals concentrating on elective, rehabilitation and outpatient services.

However, both MPs are objecting to plans to cut 200 beds across Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as part of the proposal.

Pontefract and Castleford MP Ms Cooper said: “People have been really clear about their views. Cutting beds to cut costs won’t help patient care.

“Nor do people want large parts of the NHS handed over to private companies.

“We also want more of the services we were promised back in Pontefract. It’s good that hip and knee operations are back, but too many people are still being sent to outpatient appointments in Wakefield and Dewsbury when there should be no need for them to travel.”

The consultation documents found 100 per cent of respondents supported the idea of bringing services back to Pontefract, while 99 per cent opposed the idea of cutting 200 beds and 94 per cent opposed private companies operating local health services.

Mr Trickett, Hemsworth MP, said: “Past experience has shown us that local people are passionate about their health service.

“The massive petition to save Pontefract A&E was just one example.

“This latest consultation sends a clear message to the trust. The people of our area are against privatisation of local services and cutting bed numbers.”

The Meeting the Challenge consultation ends on May 31. Visit www.meetingthechallenge.co.uk, email info@meetingthechallenge.co.uk, call 01924 317757 or write to Freepost Meeting the Challenge to have your say about the proposed changes.