Secretary for health visits Calderdale

The health secretary has told the Courier that the country needs a strong network of A&E wards in response to fears over local provision.

Jeremy Hunt MP was visiting Calderdale Royal Hospital’s revamped coronary care unit along with Tory candidate for Halifax Philip Allott.

Jeremy Hunt,�Secretary of State for Health, with Philip Allott, Jeremy Butts and Simon Grant at the new coronary care unit at the Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Jeremy Hunt,�Secretary of State for Health, with Philip Allott, Jeremy Butts and Simon Grant at the new coronary care unit at the Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Mr Hunt said: “We are absolutely clear that people need to be able to access medical quickly and locally.

“There are some occasion when you need speedy help and others where more specialist help is appropriate.”

There have been concerns that Calderdale’s accident and emergency department could be closed with residents using Huddersfield Royal Infirmary instead.

“We need a strong network of A&Es that respond to people’s needs,” said Mr Hunt.

It was the health secretary’s first visit to the hospital which he described as “brilliant”.

Mr Allott said: “We need to utilise specialist care across the two hospitals - why wouldn’t you want the expert help on offer? But I want Halifax to have it’s own A&E.”