IN this week’s Express we report how health chiefs have announced plans to reopen Pontefract Hospital’s A&E unit overnight – but community leaders and the Express say ‘it’s not enough’.
Bosses at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust revealed on Monday that the service – which has been shut between 10pm and 8am since last November because of a “staff shortage” – will be staffed by a pool of specialist GPs and nurses by September 3.
But MPs and local politicians are backing our campaign to provide a 24-hour consultant-led service at the Friarwood Lane unit.
Also in the news:
– A new power station – which will use gas from an underground pipeline to power more than two million homes – could be built in Knottingley, creating more than 1,000 jobs.
– Friends of a young Castleford man who plunged to his death in a Spanish hotel have raised thousands of pounds to help pay the costs of bringing his body home.
– Former boxing heavy weight champion Mike Tyson was a knockout with fans who flocked to a Pontefract nightclub to see him talk about his colourful life and career.
– An elderly man drove his car through ticket barriers and crashed into a building next to Pontefract Hospital last week.
– All the latest news from Castleford Tigers including a full preview of Monday’s Super League match against Widnes Vikings at Probiz Coliseum.
– Action photographs and reaction from Featherstone’s Challenge Cup clash against Wigan plus a preview of Sunday’s top of the table clash against Halifax at Bigfellas Stadium.
– A full page feature on Castleford Tigers stars Ryan Hudson and Danny Orr who have put their expertise to great use by setting up a new coaching class for youngsters.
– A full match report and action photographs from Glasshoughton Welfare soccer club’s thrilling last match victory that clinched them promotion.
– Free pork pie at Cryer and Stott
– Free bhajis at Abdul’s
– Two-for-one Johnson’s dry cleaning
– Meet more Wedding of the Year finalists
– Still time to enter our Business Awards