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Huddersfield Royal Infirmary campaigners threaten Health Trust with legal action

Campaigners fighting to stop the downgrading of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary have formally threatened The Health Trust with legal action.

Campaigners threaten Health Trust with legal action Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Lawyers acting for the protest group Hands off HRI have written to the trust to say they will go to the high court to try to stop the proposals to close the A and E department and reduce the number of hospital beds.

The Calderdale and Kirklees NHS Trust has been given 7 days to respond.

Jeremy Hunt Credit: Neil Hall/PA Wire/PA Images

The Health Trust says it is waiting for the health secretary to review the plans - and says that changes need to be made for the safety of patients .

The Trust has been informed they must withdraw their Full Business Case and halt any implementation of their plans , including any 'stealth changes' which they have already tried to implement.

We have asked for more documentation which might support their plans which is currently not in the public domain.

We have also offered to go into any form of dispute resolution which they may wish to consider. Otherwise if we do not receive these assurances by Friday 13th October, we will proceed to full litigation. We will also pass on the same message to the CCG on 11th October at its meeting in the Textile Centre, Huddersfield.

It should be noted that the referral by Joint Health Scrutiny to the Secretary of State is not considered as a form of alternative dispute resolution

The Trust needs to be fully aware that we have the full backing of the people of Huddersfield and beyond.

We continue to receive messages of support from all over the country and indeed the world. We will take this whole matter to the highest court in the land if we have to; this is a matter of life and death for our community as the LMC has outlined.

We urge the Trust to see sense and not to waste any more of the publics; money by hiring expensive London solicitors to fight their case.

The Trust still has time to pull back from this disgraceful proposal.

– Spokesperson, Hands Off HRI