The chief officer of Calderdale NHS’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Matthew Walsh has said the Foundation Trust’s ‘preferred option’ of closing Calderdale Royal Hospital’s A&E department is not his preferred option.
Dr Walsh explained that he was upset that the public see the CCG as uncaring.
He said: “This organisation does actually care. The thing that’s distressed me over recent months is the sense that we’re hell-bent on destroying the NHS.
“I want to be out on the streets marching, I want to save the NHS - that’s why people in this organisation get out of bed in the morning.”
He stressed that the work the CCG are doing is to improve care for people living with long-term illnesses.
He said: “The work we’re doing at the moment is looking at how traditional nursing and community services can link in with what the hospitals are doing in areas like diabetes and respiratory disease.
“A lot of people go into hospital because they aren’t getting what they need from community services.”
“Our duty is to look forward to begin to change our system so that it can meet the challenges of the future, and in doing that we’ve got to be brave enough not to hold onto the past.”
However, when asked directly if he could assure the people of Calderdale that the A&E will remain open, he could not.
He said: “I don’t know - I don’t know what the right model of care will be yet.
“What we know is that we need to improve the way community services are delivered and reduce the reliance on hospitals. “