Public to have say over hospitals

The accident and emergency entrance at Calderdale Royal Hospital
The accident and emergency entrance at Calderdale Royal Hospital
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A series of drop-in sessions will take place across Calderdale to give people the chance to talk about future plans for local NHS services.

The events, which will start on May 28 and run until June 12, will take place at locations including Halifax, Ovenden and Brighouse, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden.

Dr Alan Brook, chairman of NHS Calderdale CCG, said: “These events are aimed at giving people the opportunity to share their views on how they think the NHS in the area should look in the future.

“We understand there is concern about the possibility of change. However this needs to be balanced with what will happen if nothing changes.

“The Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for making decisions on these issues, will only make ones which result in improvements in care.

“We want to be sure the ideas for change reflect the public’s views.

“We only take decisions about significant service changes following the appropriate engagement activities and a public consultation.”

The information gathered at the sessions will help commissioners understand how the public see the future of NHS services.”

Labour MP for Halifax Linda Riordan said: “It is a farce. Of the ten locations for drop-in sessions, onlytwo are in Halifax - it is not good enough.

“I have contacted health bosses and demanded other areas in Halifax are urgently included for these meetings. Why isn’t there one in Sowerby Bridge? Or Northowram and Shelf?

“These are cosy little meetings, deliberately low key in nature.

“Rather than organising drop in sessions, the CCG simply need to drop their callous closure plan for our A&E.”

Meetings in Halifax will take place at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, 2-7pm on June 9, and New Beginnings from 2pm to 7pm on June 10.