Pontefract Hospital A&E will close overnight

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NIGHT time closure of Pontefract Hospital’s A&E department will start next month, it has been decided today (Thursday October 20).

At a public meeting of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust all but one member of the board voted in favour of proposals which will see the unit shut from 10pm to 8am from November 1.

At the meeting at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, the trust said the closure was due to staffing levels, adding if enough doctors at the right level could be recruited the opening hours would be reassessed.

The Express started a campaign to fight the proposals when they were announced earlier this month. Already more than 750 people have signed the petition to keep the unit as a 24 hour consultant-led A&E after the trust announced plans to change the opening hours and downgrade the service.

Copy and paste the URL below to sign the petition online or follow the link from the campaign section of our homepage or Facebook fan page.

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-our-a-e-pontefract-and-castleford-express/signatures.html

For updates keep checking the website or see next week’s Express.