Labour candidates team up against ‘one-size-fits-all plan’

Labour candidates team up against ‘one-size-fits-all plan’

TWO would-be MPs are launching a new bid to save Dewsbury District Hospital from cuts.

Labour’s Jo Cox and Paula Sherriff have joined forces on a petition calling on health bosses to drop their plans. Dewsbury faces a number of cuts, including in A&E and maternity care, in changes backed by the Government.

Ms Cox is the party’s nominee for Batley & Spen while Ms Sherriff is the candidate for Dewsbury & Mirfield.

The pair are opposed to what they see as the ‘centralisation’ of hospital services in Wakefield.  Ms Cox said: “A one-size-fits-all drive to centralisation is outdated and ineffective.

“It’s now time for the Tory-led coalition government and the Mid Yorkshire Trust to go back to the drawing board.

“Our message is clear. The community won’t stand by while our hospital is turned into a shell.”

Ms Sherriff is a former NHS worker whose job was outsourced to the private sector.

She said: “I’ve met nobody who thinks these plans are a good idea. Dewsbury needs a proper local hospital.”

n Reports that part of the Dewsbury hospital site could be sold off were first exclusively revealed by  The Press last October.

It follows stories this week by other media – who reported the story as something entirely new.

We asked the Mid Yorkshire Trust if there was anything more to the issue since our front page story seven months ago.

A spokesman said “no” and refuted rumours that the Bronte Tower had already been sold for housing.

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