Hundreds turn out for protest rally against A&E closure

Around 400 people from Calderdale and Hudersfield turned out for a protest rally to oppose the closing of Calderdale Royal Hospital’s A&E department.

The meeting at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, was organised by UNISON and chaired by Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley Josh Fenton-Glynn.

Unison rally at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax.

Unison rally at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax.

Halifax MP Linda Riordan (Labour), said: “Across Calderdale people are united against the callous closure plan. Quite simply, there is anger, dismay and disgust at the plan to axe our A & E.

“In all my time, I have never known such public anger at a decision. I will be making it clear that health policy should be about saving lives, not money. We have a hospital to be proud of in Halifax.

“This rally is about us coming together as a community.”

Mr Fenton-Glynn said: “People who are genuinely interested in working together to save A&E services in Halifax and Huddersfield should get involved. This is a cut masquerading as a reform.

Speeches were given by Naveen Judah, Gary Scott, Linda Riordan, and Tony Pearson.