All hospital services must stay open, say Lib Dems

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Local Liberal Democrats are calling on the Health Service to make sure that the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax stays open with all its services.

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Calderdale Council, Coun Janet Battye (Calder), said: “We’re still very concerned that, weeks after the so-called Strategic Review Outline Case was published, there is still no news about what’s happening next. The review puts forwards all sorts of ideas and we’re still waiting to hear more about what it actually means and how it would work in practice. It begs all sorts of questions but is short on answers.

“At the Special Council meeting that we are told is going to take place in a couple of weeks’ time, we’re going to asking for council support for no change to hospital services in Halifax. This makes sense as, even for those residents furthest away from Halifax, this is still their nearest hospital – Oldham is 16 miles away from Todmorden and Blackburn 18 miles.”