I’ll look at Mid Yorks patient safety, vows Hunt

HEALTH secretary Jeremy Hunt is to probe patient safety issues at the Trust which runs Dewsbury District Hospital.

He made the promise when grilled by parliament’s health select committee on Monday.

Committee member Paula Sherriff, the Labour MP for Dewsbury & Mirfield, used the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as an example of wider health service problems.

She highlighted the number of patients stuck in ambulances outside A&E beyond waiting targets.

Miss Sherriff said: “Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has the third busiest A&E in the entire country.

“Last month there were 937 patients who missed the 15-minute ambulance transfer. That isn’t good.” She added: “It’s failing to meet all its targets and by the Trust’s own admission it’s in crisis, with tempers fraying on the wards.

“Many wards are found to be at half the safe staffing level. It’s absolutely clear that patient safety is being compromised.”

Mr Hunt said he would look “very seriously” at any information Ms Sherriff could provide about Mid Yorkshire. The news comes amid renewed pressure on Mid Yorkshire from Coun Paul Kane, who stands down as Mayor of Kirklees on Wednesday, May 25.

Coun Kane (Lab, Dewsbury West) said once he is back to “normal” duties, Mid Yorkshire will be one of his priorities.

He has already asked for plans to downgrade A&E to be reviewed, given separate proposals to axe A&E at Huddersfield Royal infirmary.

Coun Kane said: “The option to downgrade Dewsbury A&E did include some of the possible patients from North Kirklees going to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary A&E.

“With the possible loss of this facility, the calculations used render the proposals unworkable.”

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