Trust chief on hand for roadshow

Hospital trust chief Stephen Eames will be answering questions about the future of health services at Pontefract next week.

Mr Eames, interim chief executive of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs services at Pontefract, Pinderfields and Dewsbury hospitals, will be taking part in a roadshow at Pontefract Hospital on Tuesday.

He will be available to answer questions between noon and 1pm, as part of the Meeting the Challenge consultation on the future of hospital services across the district.

The roadshow, at the hospital on Tuesday April 9 from 9am to 4pm, is one of a series taking place across the district as part of the consultation, which is examing proposals to make Pinderfields an acute and complex care centre, with elective, outpatient and rehabiliation services at Pontefract and Dewsbury.

Wakefield Council has set up a joint overview and scrutiny committee with Kirklees Council to monitor the consultation process, scrutinise the proposed changes and put forward its own view on what should happen, on behalf of residents. It has power to refer plans to the health secretary of state if it feels the NHS is acting unfairly.

Coun Betty Rhodes, committee chairman, said: “The joint scrutiny committee will provide an independent assessment of the proposals, which will be informed by public opinion.”

The committee meets on Friday April 12 at 10am at Dewsbury Town Hall, and there is a drop-in session at the Five Towns Centre, Castleford, on Wednesday April 10 from 5pm to 7pm, where people can give their views.