29th August 2018

Last night there was a meeting between the Trust and local G.P.’s. For the first time they have unveiled the detail of their ‘new proposals’. Frankly they are a disgrace but I have detailed them all below.
We have been rightly taking a few weeks’ rest over August but now it is GAME ON. If these go ahead, our hospital will be reduced to a cottage hospital for the elderly and rehabilitation. Not for the first time, they have been untruthful. We will not have any A & E or hospital delivering essential services. We are urgently reviewing our legal options but luckily we have our leaflets and publicity ready for our next public meeting and local demo. It is now urgent that everyone publicises our next events and get involved to save HRI (in the files section of our page)

Our next public meeting is on Tuesday 25th September at Brian Jackson Centre at 7.00pm and our next demo is on Saturday 6th October at 12 midday at Market Cross, Huddersfield


The New Proposals from the Trust re HRI
• The Trust, with STP support have bid for 197 million pounds from capital funding. They expect to hear if the bid has been succesful in the Autumn and they will then will work up a detailed Final Business Case.
• Only 20million pounds will be allocated for HUDDERSFIELD ROYAL INFIRMARY towards refurbishment
• The remaining 177million pounds for CALDERDALE ROYAL HOSPITAL will go towards A&E expansion, critical care expansion, 4 new wards, expanding theatres, and a multi storey car park.
• Urgent care proposals will be the same, namely referring all A & E to Calderdale but ‘A & E’ non-blue light retained at HRI
• The HRI A & E will be consultant led not consultant present. They have yet to decide if a consultant will be there.
• All medical admissions from GPs will go straight to CRH.
• There will be only100 beds at HRI which will be mainly for elderly care and complex care. As yet they have to decide the exact make up. It will be made up of fairly well patients but not yet ready for discharge.
• They are not likely to need Intensive Care or Coronary Care at HRI.
• They acknowledge that the changes will be a challenge for the Ambulance Service and additional capacity will be needed – which is to be commissioned by Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
• There will be no extra money for Social Services towards Adult Care yet Kirklees and Calderdale Councils say the changes won’t increase burden on their services!
• They have acknowledged community services cannot deliver reduced need for inpatient beds as they stand which is why they are keeping the beds for the time being but will separate the reconfiguration from the need to reduce bed.
• They claim this will be a phased approach to eventually achieve a fully reconfigured service