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 Ms Cox said: “A one-size-fits-all drive to centralisation is outdated and ineffective.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.