A Parliamentary candidate walked more than 20 miles from Todmorden to Huddersfield to fight the closure of Calderdale A&E.
Josh Fenton-Glynn, who will stand as Labour’s candidate in the Calder Valley constituency, walked from Todmorden Walk-In Centre to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and took in all the communities affected by the proposed changes to the health service
Mr Fenton-Glynn said: “I asked people to walk with me to save our A&E.
“I did this to build towards the mass rally on March 29th, to demonstrate the ridiculous distances people will be expected to travel.
“Whether in an ambulance, a taxi, by public transport or driving, the idea of making people travel from the outer reaches of the Calder Valley to Huddersfield – possibly during rush hour – when they are hurt or stressed fills me with dread.
“The more we hear about these proposals the worse they sound – I genuinely believe they will put lives at risk. But I also believe that working together and fighting hard we can stop this. So that is what we are doing – fighting to make the government aware of the implications of their NHS cuts, and working to bring people together to stop the closure of our A&E.
“David Cameron told us he’d cut the deficit, not the NHS. It’s time he made a commitment to the people of Calderdale and Kirklees not to break that promise.”
Mr Fenton-Glynn was joined on the walk by other local politicians as well as non-political campaigners worried at the threat to Halifax’s A&E unit.
He spoke to hundreds of concerned residents along the route and gathered petition signatures.
Mr Fenton-Glynn said around 20 Huddersfield residents joined him for the last two miles of the journey, which demonstrated that it was not a battle between the two hospitals.
The next protest event, organised by Mr Fenton-Glynn and Halifax MP Linda Riordan, and sponsored by UNISON, will be a public meeting at North Bridge Leisure Centre on Saturday, March 29, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.