Jeremy Hunt has rejected a bid to stop the downgrading of Dewsbury’s A&E department - despite years of campaigning by residents and The Reporter.
The Health Secretary was asked to examine the deeply unpopular plan by Kirklees and Wakefield councillors sitting on a joint health scrutiny committee. Mr Hunt has taken just 16 days to back the Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust’s plan.
This means emergency cases will go to Wakefield’s Pinderfields Hospital. Some children’s and maternity services will also be centralised at Pinderfields.