A parliamentary candidate is walking more than 20 miles from Todmorden to Huddersfield to fight the closure of Calderdale A&E.
Josh Fenton-Glynn, who will stand as Labour’s canidadte in the Calder Valley constituency, has set off from Todmorden Walk-In Centre and aims to arrive at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary this afternoon to take in all the communities affected by the proposed changes to our health service.
Josh Fenton-Glynn will be joined by other local politicians as well as non-political campaigners worried at the threat to Halifax’s A&E unit. He is calling on members of the public who are also concerned at the proposals to join him for part or all of the walk.
Josh Fenton-Glynn said: “I am asking people to walk with me to save our A&E. I am doing this to build toward the mass rally on March 29th, to demonstrate the ridiculous distances people will be expected to travel. Whether in an ambulance, a taxi, by public transport or driving, the idea of making people travel from the outer reaches of the Calder Valley to Huddersfield – possibly during rush hour – when they are hurt or stressed fills me with dread.
“The more we hear about these proposals the worse they sound – I genuinely believe they will put lives at risk. But I also believe that working together and fighting hard we can stop this. So that is what we are doing – fighting to make the government aware of the implications of their NHS cuts, and working to bring people together to stop the closure of our A&E.
“David Cameron told us he’d cut the deficit, not the NHS. It’s time he made a commitment to the people of Calderdale and Kirklees not to break that promise.”