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Call for health chiefs to resign

Calderdale Royal Hospital,Accident and Emergency entrance, Godfrey Road, Halifax

Calderdale Royal Hospital,Accident and Emergency entrance, Godfrey Road, Halifax

Six out of seven of the people who have recommended the closure of Calderdale Royal’s A&E department live in Kirklees.

Only one member of the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust lives in Calderdale - in Hebden Bridge.

Questions are now being raised about the make up of the NHS trust leadership which has highlighted its preference for a £50 million shake up of health services in our district.

Six out of seven of the non-executive directors at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust live in Kirklees - with just one from Calderdale.

Last month the trust confirmed that its preferred option was to have Huddersfield as an ‘unplanned care’ centre - including an A&E - while Calderdale would be a ‘planned care’ centre with only a minor emergency unit.

Conservative parliamentary candidate for Halifax Philip Allott has now called on half of the members of the board to step down and be replaced by those living in Calderdale.

He said: “Six out of seven of the trust’s directors live in Kirklees and not one of them is from Halifax. I have sent a letter to the Trust calling for resignations with their replacements to be sourced from Calderdale.”

Chairman of the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust Andrew Haigh lives in Almondbury, David Anderson was brought up in West Yorkshire and has lived in Halifax and Huddersfield since 1980, Professor Peter Roberts lives in Kirkheaton, Jan Wilson lives in the Holme Valley, Jeremy Pease lives in Shepley, Phil Oldfield is from Skelmanthorpe, while Dr Linda Patterson is the only Calderdale representative - living in Hebden Bridge.

Mr Haigh said: “The seven non-executive Directors currently in post were appointed by the Nominations Committee, which includes membership councillors who are representative of members within the geographical area covered by the Trust, as set out within the Trust’s Constitution.

“The non-executive Directors are selected for the skills and expertise they can bring the organisation, in addition to the condition that they are resident within the Calderdale and Huddersfield constitutional boundaries. Any decisions that are made as part of the Strategic Review work would be led by the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and not by the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.”

The final decision on which option will be taken forward will be made by commissioners from the CCG.

 

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