Councillors to meet with residents over Mid Yorkshire hospital cutbacks
Patients concerned about the proposed changes to hospitals in West Yorkshire are invited to meet with councillors in Dewsbury today.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust want to downgrade A and E services, among other proposals, in order to save £24m.
Kirklees Council has formed a joint health overview and scrutiny committee with Wakefield Council to look at the plans. This committee has the power to refer changes to the plans to the Secretary of State for Health if they feel the NHS is acting unfairly or unreasonably.
Kirklees Councillors on the committee will meet with residents and listen to their views at the Walsh Building on Town Hall Way in Dewsbury, between 3pm and 5pm.
Clerical staff at Pinderfields, Dewsbury and Pontefract hospitals started five days of strike action at midnight over changes to pay and jobs. Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust needs to save 24 million pounds.
Health bosses have decided to push ahead with controversial plans for a major reorganisation of hospital services in West Yorkshire. The Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals Trust plans to cut beds and downgrade services at some hospitals. The cost-cutting plans now go out to public consultation.
Staff at three hospitals in West Yorkshire went on strike today, fighting plans to cut jobs and pay. Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust says it needs to save twenty four million pounds by April next year. Adam Fowler reports from Wakefield.
Staff from the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust who are UNISON members have unanimously voted for "continued and escalated strike action" at a rally in Wakefield. They walked out in a row over job and pay cuts.
VIDEO: Hospitals running "normal service" as staff strike
As staff walk out from hospitals in Pontefract, Wakefield and Dewsbury in a row over job and pay cuts we speak to Chief Executive of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Stephen Eames about how services are affected.