DEWSBURY MP Paula Sherriff has called on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to stick to his word and confirm a date to visit Dewsbury and District Hospital.
Last November Miss Sherriff secured a commitment from Mr Hunt to visit the district after pressing him for more than a year to come and see the impact of the downgrade and closure of local hospital services.
The Labour MP said: “With well-documented winter pressures compounding the problems already faced by our overstretched doctors and nurses, it is clear that staff are making huge efforts under immense pressure.
“But with plans underway to close Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and replace it with a small urgent care centre, there are widely held concerns that this will leave the whole of Kirklees without full A&E services and further exacerbate already identified risks to patient safety.
“This decision over the future of services in our district currently rests directly with Mr Hunt.
“He needs to hear from those staff, patients and health campaigners who have deep concerns over both the recent downgrades at Dewsbury and forthcoming changes at Huddersfield.
“It is vital that he doesn’t delay in visiting our area. The decisions he makes now will affect our area for generations to come.”