HRI decision referred to Government by scrutiny committee

Councillors on the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee for Calderdale and Kirklees have referred plans to reduce services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to government.

What happens with the proposals?

The proposals will now be considered by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after members heard the plans would mean fewer beds, a loss of jobs and were not satisfied that questions on issues such as travel times, parking and the impact on care at home had been properly outlined.

Watch the webcast:

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What did the joint chair say?

Joint chair of the committee Cllr Liz Smaje said:

“The Joint Committee decided to exercise its right to refer the decision of the CCGs to the Secretary of State for Health on the grounds that it is not satisfied with the adequacy of content of the consultation with the Joint Committee, the amended proposals presented are not consistent with the proposals originally consulted on by the CCGs in 2016, and the committee considers that the proposal would not be in the interests of the people of Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield and hence not in the interests of the health service in the area.”

More information

We’ve provided further documents of this meeting on our website: democracy.kirklees.gov.uk

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