Let this be warning to Calderdale and Huddersfeield NHS hospitals Trust as they prepare the Full Business Case for the closure of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary – including its acute and emergency services – and its replacement by a small planned care clinic plus urgent care centre.
On 2 February 2017 the Chief Executive Officer of Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust said that assumptions made at the 2012/13 Meeting the Challenge consultations had been wrong. The public knew this at the time.
These consultations were about a similar downgrade at Dewsbury District Hospital. The Kirklees and Wakefield Joint Health Scrutiny Committee referred the proposals to the Secretary of State for Health – but when the failed marmalade salesman Jeremy Hunt referred it to the Independent Reconfiguration Review Panel they decided it was fine to go ahead.
How wrong they were. And the public knew that at the time.
The upshot, now that…
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