MPs fight against Huddersfield A&E closure

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary is threatened with closure Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The row over the future of emergency care in Calderdale and Kirklees reached Westminster today, as MPs debated plans to close Huddersfield Royal Infirmary's accident and emergency unit.

A cross-party group of MPs took part in the debate, including Jason McCartney, Paula Sheriff and Barry Sheerman.

"These decisions should be based on saving more lives, improving experiences and delivering better outcomes, not short term financial implications."

Jason McCartney MP, Con Colne Valley

people have signed a petition to save Huddersfield A&E

Helen Kingston is among the campaigners who say there shouldn't even be a debate over whether the town has an Accident and Emergency department.

"It's the human element of things the number crunchers are missing because at the end of the day the NHS is there for human beings."

Helen Kingston

One of Huddersfield's famous sons Sir Patrick Stewart has also expressed his support on social media.

The Government says the proposal to close the department isn't just based on money.

"There is often a need for inter-hospital transfers due to the lack of co-location on both sites. These factors have a direct bearing on the safety of patient care. There is a much greater chance of survival if they are treated by an experienced medical team on hand 24/7."

Ben Gummer MP, Health Minister

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