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Panel due to report back on Dewsbury hospital plan

UNDER REVIEW An independent panel is due to report back on plans for Dewsbury and District Hospital services.

UNDER REVIEW An independent panel is due to report back on plans for Dewsbury and District Hospital services.

An independent panel tasked with reviewing plans for Dewsbury and District Hospital is due to report back to the Secretary of State next week.

The proposals for a major reorganisation of hospital services in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract were referred to health secretary Jeremy Hunt by local councillors in October.

Members of a Wakefield and Kirklees joint health scrutiny committee said they were not convinced the changes were in the best interest of patients.

Under the plans, Dewsbury’s A&E department would be downgraded and some children’s and maternity services would be centralised in Wakefield.

A spokeswoman for the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust said: “The panel has been asked to report back no later than Wednesday February 19.”

But she said there was no indication as to when Mr Hunt would give his decision on whether the proposed changes should be allowed to go ahead.

 

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