Campaigners took their fight to save accident and emergency services in Halifax to the streets today. They walked 20 miles from Todmorden to Huddersfield.
That's the distance they say some in the Calder Valley would have to travel to receive emergency care if plans to downgrade A and E in Halifax go ahead. Chris Kiddey reports.
Protestors who fear for the future of accident and emergency services in the Calder Valley are walking 20 miles from Todmorden to Huddersfield today.
They say changes could lead to the closure of the A & E department at Calderdale Royal Hospital - and services transferred to Huddersfield instead . The protest walk us being led by Josh Fenton-Glynn, Labour's parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley.
More than two hundred people took part in a protest march in Halifax today. They fear new plans could lead to the closure of the accident and emergency unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital. Chris Kiddey reports
More than two hundred people have taken part in a protest march in Halifax. They are worried that proposed changes could lead to the downgrading of the accident and emergency unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital.
80% of the beds at Calderdale Royal Hospital could be lost because of changes to the way it runs.
A review said the hospital should provide planned care, while Huddersfield Royal Infirmary should be used for emergencies. Planned care needs far fewer beds.
The Trust says Calderdale would still treat a lot of patients, but many wouldn't have to stay over.
The accident and emergency department at either Huddersfield Royal or Calderdale Royal Infirmary could be closed down.
Local health chiefs have said keeping Huddersfield is the preferred option, for logisitcal and geographical reasons.
The radical plans are part of a multi-million pound cost cutting review by local health chiefs. Tina Gelder reports:
Calderdale council meets to decide its budget today - and will consider plans to restrict sick pay for all its staff.
Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors are set to unite against the ruling Labour group and want to see council employees going without pay for the first three days of any sickness absence.
Calderdale Council meets today to set its budget for the next three years. The authority's facing a further £17 million reduction by 2017, leaving it with £90 million less to spend since 2010.
Calderdale residents are being warned about a company that is contacting people about their Council Tax bands.
Calderdale Council has received a number of calls from people who have been contacted by a Lancashire-based firm claiming that their Council Tax bands might be wrong and they could be owed money.
The firm tells people it can check their band, and tries to set up an appointment in their home. Once there, it starts charging a fee.
We want to make it clear that firms of this kind are not working on behalf of the Council, and we’re urging residents – especially elderly people, who seem to be the main target – not to give out any details if they are contacted about their Council Tax band.
The firm is charging for a service that can actually be provided for free. If people think they might be in the wrong Council Tax band, and therefore paying the wrong amount of Council Tax, they should contact the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), which is responsible for keeping Council Tax bands up to date in England and Wales. The VOA checks banding for free. It’s not possible for anyone other than the VOA to make guarantees on the outcomes of appeals about Council Tax bands.
A review of A and E service at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has started. Some facilities could be affected by forty five million pound cuts. A public consultation will start later this year.