MP slams plan to slash 250 hospital beds

MP Mike Wood and campaigners outside Dewsbury and District Hospital. (D532A347)
MP Mike Wood and campaigners outside Dewsbury and District Hospital. (D532A347)

Batley MP Mike Wood has reacted with anger to news that two thirds of the beds at Dewsbury and District Hospital will be lost under proposed changes.

Figures released by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust this week reveal that 250 beds would go, leaving just 110 at the hospital.

Mr Wood said: “This is worse than predicted, worse than what was documented in the ‘consultation’ and yet more evidence of the Trust’s intention to lay waste to our hospital. They want to reduce the hospital’s capacity by 70 per cent while maintaining they don’t plan to close it. Their behaviour is underhand, duplicitous and completely unacceptable. Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood said the reduction in bed numbers was evidence that the trust wanted to “lay waste” to Dewsbury and District Hospital.

He said: “Their plans have caused so much concern that they have been referred to the Health Secretary, but before that’s even happened the Trust has ramped up its intended cuts at Dewsbury.”

He said it was underhand not to make the figures clear from the offset.

But Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Simon Reevell said: “I think the important stats are how many people will use the hospital.

“Historically hospitals had many more beds and people stayed in them longer, but nobody would want to go back to that.”

He said the Trust should always release as much information as soon as possible.