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Work begins on Allam Medical Building

Work starts today on a £25 million medical facility at the University of Hull.

The new £25 million pound Allam Medical Building Credit: University of Hull

The Allam Medical Building will include a mock hospital ward, operating theatre and intensive care facilities, as well as dedicated research space.

The project is is being partly funded by Hull City's owner, Dr Assem Allam.

Halifax MP welcomes decision which could keep Calderdale A&E open

Halifax MP Holly Lynch has welcomed the news that Calderdale Royal Hospital could to keep its A&E department in a shake up of local health services in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Calderdale Royal is set to remain open Credit: ITV News

There has been intense speculation over whether the Calderdale or Huddersfield site would keep its A&E.

It was finally announced in a report published today by NHS bosses that Calderdale Royal Hospital has been chosen as the main A&E site for the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

This is good news for Calderdale and will be welcomed by local people. At long last we have clarity about exactly what reconfiguration plans will mean for both Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, ending months of speculation. I am glad that NHS bosses have recognised that it would have been totally wrong to have patients travelling from as far as Todmorden to Huddersfield along congested roads in order to get to A&E.

– Holly Lynch MP

Colne Valley MP 'shocked and appalled' by threat of A&E closure

Huddersifield Royal Infirmary could close and move to Calderdale Royal in Halifax Credit: ITV News

Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney says he is shocked and appalled that Huddersfield's A&E services are under threat.

His website stated:

This proposal by local NHS bosses is completely the wrong decision and needs overturning now. Halifax’s new hospital cost £64m to build, but because of a rushed and ill thought through PFI contract it will actually cost the taxpayers £773m when the contact comes to an end. Jason believes that it’s ridiculous that we have to pay for this by losing our A&E at HRI. Huddersfield is a growing University town, which relies on our A&E. Jason lives locally and so like all of us needs an A&E close to home. He has seen first-hand the service currently provided at the HRI from when he has been volunteering there and also when he fractured his elbow. He would like you to join with him to Save A&E at HRI and sign his petition calling to ‘maintain full A&E services at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’


Huddersfield set to lose A&E department

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary looks set to lose its A&E department, according to the town's MP.

Emergency care from Huddersfield will move to Calderdale under new plans Credit: ITV News

The news was revealed by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, who described the plan as a complete U-turn by health chiefs who had earlier been said to be in favour of closing the A&E unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital and centralising casualty care in Huddersfield.

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Meet the junior doctors

Thousands of junior doctors are on strike today, in the first of three planned walk-outs. Speaking on the picket line they explained the impact they hope today's strike will have.

Will Chellam has been a junior doctor for more than ten years. He qualified in 2005 and now has 12 months left before he becomes a consultant.

Yusuf Shah is a junior doctor. He started his training in August and is currently on placement at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Today he attended a 'meet the doctor' event in Bradford city centre.

Chair of NHS Trust has 'no argument' with striking junior doctors

The Chairman of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has said his organisation has 'no argument' with the doctors who are on strike today.

Speaking to ITV Calendar, Mike Ramsden said he wanted to see 'a solution for everybody.'

"The Trust has no argument with the doctors... we want to see a solution that is fair to everybody. The guys out here are our staff, we're keen to see that they're looked after properly, that their grievances are addressed. We want a solution for everybody."

– Mike Ramsden, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust say they have cancelled 17 day surgeries and 180 outpatient appointments as a result of the strike.

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