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.
Over five hundred primary school children from Calderdale will perform the Tongan Haka (Sipi Tau) before the Rugby League World Cup game at the Shay Stadium in Halifax. Tonga will play Italy in the final match of Group C this afternoon.
The Sipi Tau is an impressive Tongan war dance. Frank Watene, former Halifax RLFC star, has been visiting Calderdale schools in the lead up to the game and teaching the dance to the children. The schools have then been using a YouTube video to continue to practise up until the big day.
Residents of Todmorden are being invited to have their say on what should happen to Centre Vale park in the town centre. It's part of Calderdale Council's bid for heritage lottery funding.