LETTER: Let’s not take the NHS for granted

Halifax road entrance to Dewsbury and District Hospital.

Halifax road entrance to Dewsbury and District Hospital.

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Last Friday saw the first downgrade to Dewsbury Hospital.

On Saturday I learned Barnsley Hospital had stopped taking stroke patients.

These are being sent to Pinderfields, now serving an area which used to have three hospitals.

How can we be sure that it will not get stroke patients from Leeds with the new STP reorganisation?

Leaked West Yorkshire Footprint documents indicate the equivalent of five ward closures in Leeds Hospitals.

People need to write to their local councillors and ask them to demand the West Yorkshire footprint plan be published and to refuse to sign it off without seeing and agreeing the full document.

Do not take the health service for granted - It isn’t.

Sent by Christine Hyde, Dewsbury

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