Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

08/10/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/10/2018 02:24

Calderdale Council calls for urgent decision on major investment into urgent care

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, has written to the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, welcoming a shift in direction on future delivery of accident and emergency services in Calderdale and Huddersfield.

The shift is in response to the letter received in May this year, which asked the local health system to develop a compelling case to support capital investment into acute and Accident and Emergency Services.

The Council has expressed support for the proposals, drafted by Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, which would potentially bring nearly £200 million investment to Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust, transforming Calderdale Royal Hospital, and ensuring better acute and urgent care for our residents.

Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:

'After six years of consultation and debate on the future of urgent health care in Calderdale and Huddersfield we are now at a point where we can secure the investment which is needed to deliver these vital services. We understand that the proposals being submitted to NHS England from our local health system reflect a shift in provision across both hospital sites which respond to the concerns expressed by the Joint Scrutiny Panel, and crucially are in line with the recommendations of our People's Commission.

'We welcome the support of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership in making this proposed capital investment its top priority within the region.

'In view of this, my letter calls upon the new Secretary of State, to seize the opportunity to take the final decision on this investment.

'I have asked that local people receive a positive outcome to these proposals within the next three months, given our support for the case being made, and our huge energy and ambition to get the best for Calderdale building upon our work delivered over the past 18 months through our 'Calderdale Cares' programme. This will ensure that our residents will receive timely, high quality and safe planned and unplanned hospital care whenever it is needed.'