Speak up on heart unit plan

RESIDENTS can have their say on the proposed closure of a children’s heart surgery unit at a Dewsbury dropin session next week.
It is being hosted at the town hall from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday by Coun Liz Smaje (Con, Birstall and Birkenshaw) as part of public consultation.
She is chairing the session in her role as Kirklees Council’s representative on Yorkshire’s regional health scrutiny committee.
It is made up of councillors from across the region and is involved as a shakeup of paediatric heart care involves big changes to local health services.      
The committee is listening to feedback on plans to close the children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI).
The unit is earmarked for closure under three of four plans being considered by the Government.
Patients and their families would have to travel from North Kirklees to Newcastle, or possibly Liverpool, if the LGI centre is closed.
Coun Smaje said: “Councillors from across Yorkshire are listening to evidence from a range of experts as we take a thorough scrutiny of the proposals.
“It is also important that we hear from local people and community groups who may be affected so we can take account of their views.”
Coun Smaje is to hold a similar dropin session about the proposal at Huddersfield Town Hall on Monday from 4pm to 7pm.
Members of the public and community groups unable to attend either event can send in written comments by post or email.
Submissions can be sent to: Scrutiny and Governance Team, 2nd Floor, Civic Centre III, Huddersfield, HD1 2TG.
Or send an email to scrutiny.governance@kirklees.gov.uk.
The consultation period ends on July 1.
More details on the consultation can be found at:
www.specialisedservices.nhs.
uk/safe_sustainable/publicconsultation2011.

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