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NHS bosses: A&E downgrade will improve care

Dewsbury A&E Credit: ITV Calendar

Health bosses say the controversial decision to downgrade the A&E department at Dewsbury Hospital is a good thing for patients.

In a statement, the The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said:

"We very much welcome the Secretary of State’s decision. This means we can now take forward our plans to reorganise hospital services to significantly improve health outcomes for the people of North Kirklees and Wakefield.

"We will continue to involve local people and their representatives in developing the new service models. We will also continue to be open and transparent about our plans so that people know when changes will happen and how services will be better for local people.

"The reorganisation of hospital services will take place over the next three years and are part of a significant programme of transformation for the local health system, which will lead to more care being available close to people’s homes reducing the need for treatment in hospitals."

Dewsbury A&E to be downgraded

Controversial plans to downgrade the accident and emergency department at Dewsbury Hospital are to go ahead in the face of fierce opposition from tens of thousands of local residents.

The Health Secretary has rejected a bid to stop the reduction of services at the hospital. It means emergency cases and some maternity and children's services will move to Wakefield.

One local MP has claimed it could mean the whole hospital at Dewsbury closing in just two years. But the trust which runs hospitals in the area says the changes will improve patient care.

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Two arrested over investigation into Syria charity fraud bailed

Two men from West Yorkshire among eight people arrested as part of an investigation into charity fraud involving thousands of pounds intended to help people in Syria have been released on bail.

The suspects were arrested at addresses across the UK yesterday morning by Kent Police after more than £45,000 was seized at the Port of Dover on December 23 2012.

The money - £31,816, plus 8,310 euros (£6,857) and 10,700 US dollars (£6,413) - which had come from four UK-based charities, was taken by police who believed it could be used for criminal or terrorist activities.

A 35-year-old man from Dewsbury, and a 43-year-old from Huddersfield, both in West Yorkshire, have been bailed until September 1.

Pupils wear red to support children's heart unit

Children at almost 100 schools across the region turned up to school wearing red today, to raise funds for the children's heart surgery unit in Leeds.

The unit is still being threatened with closure, but a campaign to keep it open has won support from thousands of people. Pupils at Thornhilll Academy in Dewsbury - which featured in the award-winning documentary Educating Yorkshire, got in the spirit of things today.

Their head teacher put aside his strict uniform policy to support the event, as Helen Steel reports.

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Police hunt armed robbers

Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted armed robbery yesterday evening in West Yorkshire.

It took place after three men broke into a house on Walnut Lane, in the Chickenley area of Dewsbury demanding money and to speak to a man.

But they left empty handed, leaving a 61-year-old woman inside the house shaken but unharmed.

The first suspect is described as white, in his mid 20s, 5'5 to 5'6 tall, of stocky build, wearing dark clothing and carrying a black handled kitchen knife with a silver blade.

The second was white, 5ft 2in to 5ft 3 ins tall, in his early 20s and slim. He was carrying a silver coloured hand tool with a hole in the end. The 3rd suspect was white, wearing dark clothing, with short black or brown hair.

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