Hospital Trust chiefs admit review

FEARS that Dewsbury District Hospital’s cardiology unit could be closed have been played down by health chiefs.
A hospital worker, who did not want to be named, contacted The Press to highlight rumours that are circulating about the unit being axed or moved to Pinderfields.
Managers at the MidYorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Dewsbury, admitted the unit’s future IS being looked at.
But it is believed to be part of a wider review being conducted by private firm Finnamore that could see many departments across the trust reshuffled.
The review’s aim is to see if cost savings can be made by ‘reconfiguring’ services at the trust’s hospitals.
MidYorkshire chiefs, who are £14m short of reaching a £60m cuts target, are planning public consultation on any proposed changes.
The trust’s director of development, Ruth Unwin, said there was no threat in the review aimed specifically at Dewsbury’s cardiology unit.
She said: “We are currently reviewing our clinical services strategy for the next five years. We are looking at all our services.
“It is to ensure we are able to safely, effectively and sustainably deliver high quality care to our patients across all our sites.  The cardiology unit at Dewsbury is under no more or no less consideration than any other of our services as part of this review.”
Coun Khizar Iqbal (Con, Dewsbury South) said he would vigorously object to any recommendation to close or move the unit.
“It would be a massive blow for the town and local people if that were to happen,” he said. “I certainly would object.
“Dewsbury District Hospital needs more investment and for services to be reinstated, not more services taken away.”

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