PLANS to reshuffle services have led to claims that Dewsbury and District Hospital is to lose its children’s ward.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which must cut £60m from its budgets in the next two years, is in the process of reviewing all its services.
It is yet to go public with any proposed changes for its hospitals in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract, but this has not stopped speculation about which services could go.
This week, the Reporter received a letter from someone who said they worked at the hospital.
It said: “I have to remain anonymous as my contract forbids me to speak to the press.
“You ought to be aware that management at the Mid Yorkshire Trust are in the advanced stages of closing down the children’s ward at Dewsbury.”
The letter said all children requiring hospital admission would be transferred from Dewsbury to Pinderfields in Wakefield.
It added: “The ward staff are dismayed at this prospect and the local population deserve better than this.”
But the Trust insisted no decision had been made about the future of any specific services.
Its director of development, Ruth Unwin, said: “We are currently reviewing our clinical services strategy for the next five years to ensure we are able to safely, effectively and sustainably deliver high quality services to our patients, across all our sites, for the future.
“The children’s ward at Dewsbury is under no more, or no less, consideration than any other of our services as part of this review.”
She said all services were being looked at and the trust would consult with the public on any proposed changes at the hospitals.
Papers presented to the trust board last month set out a timetable for the review.
The papers said meetings would be held this month to talk through the options with GPs, before public engagement meetings in September.
A planned formal public consultation was expected to be held in November.