Hospital consultation reaches halfway mark

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

A major three-month consultation on proposed changes to hospital services across the district is now halfway through.

Health chiefs are calling on people across the Five Towns to have their say on the Meeting the Challenge consultation, which runs until May 31.

The proposals will see Pinderfields Hospital become an acute and emergency centre, with elective, rehabiliation and outpatient services at Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals.

Since the consultation started in March, a wide range of public meetings and roadshows have taken place, with more planned across the area, while leaflets setting out the proposals have gone out to homes.

Dr Phil Earnshaw, chairman of NHS Wakefield Clinical Commisioning Group, which is running the consultation, said: “We have had some great discussions with people about their views on these proposals.

“But there are still plent of people in our communities who will directly be affected by the proposals, who have not taken partk in the consultation, and I would urge them to do so.”

A public meeting takes place at Pontefract Town Hall on Thursday May 16 at 7pm, with roadshows in Pontefract town centre on Friday May 10 from 9am to 4pm and Ackworth Co-op and garden centre on Sunday May 19 from 10am to 3pm.

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