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Hands Off HRI Campaigners thank HRI Staff

Special Messages of Appreciation and Support

On Saturday 9th February, Hands Off HRI campaigners gathered outside the hospital to show their support and appreciation for all the hard working staff in the run up to Valentine’s Day. Personal messages of support had been collected from members of the public addressed to all the staff. There were many heart felt messages thanking the hospital and the staff for saving their lives or carrying out crucial operations. As ever the campaign group was overwhelmed with the huge support expressed by so many people. Two campaigners were invited into the hospital to deliver not only the messages in person, but also many bags of food, chocolate and cake collected to distribute around all the staff. Hospital staff were delighted with all the support and personally thanked the campaign group for continuing their fight to maintain all hospital services.
Campaigners were joined by Paula Sherriff MP for Dewsbury who delivered messages of support from all the area’s MP’s. The hour long presence outside the hospital took place despite terrible winds and torrential rain but spirits remained buoyant throughout.

A local spokesperson added: “Today’s protest took on special significance because of Valentine’s Day and we were delighted with the response. People in the town are as angry as us that the recent announcement about the future of hospital services which will not include acute and emergency cover at Huddersfield. The Trust are now even claiming that they do not have to consult again about these deeply unpopular proposals. Our presence on Saturday was to reassure staff that we will hold the Trust to account and will not allow them to get away with these latest shambolic ideas. We are drawing up our own detailed specialist case for full acute and emergency provision at HRI as well as Calderdale ands we will use this evidence to pressure the Trust and Health Scrutiny to ensure the resources are released to properly staff HRI.
We want to thank the staff and the wider public for their unflinching support for our campaign which will continue until we have won”
For more information, contact Mike Forster 07887668740