On Tuesday 28th August the Hospital Trust met with local G.P.’s to discuss their new proposals which went before the Secretary of State for Health last month. This is the first time they have been aired in the public do-main. Frankly they are a disgrace. The Trust has not moved from its plans to transfer ALL services to Calderdale Hospital and leave HRI bereft of any meaningful services. They thought they could pull the wool over our eyes but they are mistaken. Below we detail their plans but the Campaign will be gearing up for a Hot Autumn to resist them all the way. Our campaign group has organised a public meeting and demo, details below, to mobilise public anger as well as urgently briefing our legal team. We urge all those to resist the plans and join our campaign of ongoing resistance. We urge all politicians, community groups, service users, patients and the wider public to return to our campaign activities and fight to save HRI

  • The Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale NHS Foundation Trust, with STP support have bid for £197 million 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 £20 million will be allocated for HRI towards refurbishment
  • The remaining £177 million will go to Calderdale Royal Hospital for 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 urgent and Blue Light A & E to Calderdale but ‘A & E’ non-blue light retained at HRI
  • The HRI A & E will be ‘consultant led’ not ‘consultant present’. The Trust have yet to decide if a Consultant will have a physical presence in Huddersfield.
  • All medical admissions from GPs will go straight to Calderdale Royal Hospital.
  • Under the new plans there will be only 100 beds at HRI which will be mainly for elderly care and complex care but as yet no decision has been made on the exact configuration. However, what is know is that it will cater for patients who are unwell, not acute, but not yet ready for discharge.
  • The Trust feel that it is unlikely to need Intensive Care or Coronary Care at HRI.
  • The Trust acknowledge that the changes will be a challenge for the Ambulance Service and additional capacity will be needed – this will need 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!
  • The Trust have acknowledged that, as things stand, community services cannot deliver services that will result in a reduced need for inpatient beds therefore there are no planned reductions in overall bed numbers for the time being.
  • The Trust claim these proposals will be implemented using a phased approach to eventually achieve a fully reconfigured service.

 

Our Next Public Meeting

Tuesday 25th September, 7.00pm-9.00pm

Brian Jackson House,2 New North Parade, Huddersfield HD1 5JP
Speakers from Legal Team, Succesful Lewisham Campaign and HoHRI

Join Our Demo

Saturday 6th October 12 Midday

Assemble: Market Cross (opposite McDonalds), Huddersfield