Councillors quiz health chiefs

COUNCILLORS will quiz health chiefs at a public meeting about plans to cut hospital services.

Members of Kirklees Council’s Dewsbury Area Committee will meet in the Town Hall on Tuesday (5pm).

Top of the agenda is the proposed downgrading of A&E and maternity at Dewsbury Hospital.

Among those facing councillors will be Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals’ NHS Trust chief executive Stephen Eames and Heckmondwike-based Dr David Kelly, chairman of the new North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group.

Area committee chairman Coun Masood Ahmed (Lab, Dewsbury South) wants residents to turn out to raise their concerns.

He said: “This is a chance for Dewsbury people to voice their concerns about the potential negative impact on local health services.

“Reducing health inequalities across Dewsbury is a top priority for the area committee.

“A recent assessment of the seven area committees in Kirklees showed Dewsbury has the greatest problems for health.

“There are high rates for most diseases and higher rates of infant mortality and higher levels of smoking.

“Residents want to see maintenance, if not further investment in health services, rather than the downgrade proposed by the trust.”

n A protest against hospital changes is being held outside Dewsbury Town Hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 12 noon.

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