Hospital plans referred to health panel
January 25, 2018
The latest move was revealed in a letter on Thursday January 25, 2018 from the minister to the Calderdale and Kirklees councillors who chair the Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee.
In the letter Mr Hunt said he was writing to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) asking them to undertake an initial assessment of the case.
The IRP is an an advisory public body sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Health officials have continued to press ahead with their plans despite a massive public outcry involving many thousands of people. The plans would see the end of the present Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and a much smaller planned care facility at the Acre Mills site in Lindley. Health officials have even further cut proposals for planned care provision in Huddersfield by almost half since consultation with the public was carried out.
Figures for the replacement planned care facility at Acre Mills at Lindley was clearly shown as 120 beds in the 44-page colour public consultation brochure but was cut to 64 when a report was prepared for a joint meeting of councillors from Kirklees and Calderdale in July last year.