A DEAL which will allow cuts at Dewsbury District Hospital to go ahead has been won by Locala.
The Batley-based not-for-profit health firm was announced on Wednesday as the preferred bidder for the controversial £238.4m Care Closer To Home contract.
The five-year deal is due to start in October, with the option of a two-year extension. It aims to bring care, such as rehabilitation, closer to where people live, thus reducing the need for hospital visits.
Doctors said they would not back controversial hospital cuts without more community care. Patients will have a role in helping organisations devise care plans tailored to them.
These could include working with Kirkwood Hospice or mental health services, who all come under this new regime.
Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox is a critic of the new contract and said: “I accept that the way healthcare is delivered must change. But I remain concerned such a large remit is in the hands of essentially one private provider.”
She added: “The plans for delivering healthcare across North Kirklees in the years to come depend almost entirely on this contract. Beds have and will be removed from Dewsbury & District Hospital under the rationale that this contract will deliver services closer to home.
“My concern is in making sure these changes are implemented with minimum disruption to patients.”
The contract was decided jointly by the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield.
Over five years, the deal is worth £99m in North Kirklees and £139.4m in Greater Huddersfield.
North Kirklees CCG chairman Dr David Kelly said: “Both CCGs are committed to delivering healthcare closer to people’s homes and more joined-up.
“We know this is what local people want, and I am delighted that we are now in a position to begin the process of delivering our vision.”