Local MP Calls on Jeremy Hunt to Visit Dewsbury & District Hospital

The Member of Parliament for Dewsbury & District Hospital has reiterated her call for Jeremy Hunt to visit her constituency.

Tracy Brabin MP has written to the Health Secretary, setting out her concerns about downgrades to services faced by the Hospital, and urging him to visit Batley & Spen to truly understand the importance of the local A&E. She sets out in her letter that “…there is nothing ambitious about a cost and service reduction programme”.

This news comes as the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust have announced that the downgrade of the A&E at Dewsbury and District Hospital will be completed over the two week period beginning 4th September.

Batley & Spen MP and Shadow Minister for Early Years, Tracy Brabin said:

“I am deeply concerned by the announcement that the downgrade of the A&E at Dewsbury & District Hospital is set to be completed over the coming weeks.

“It’s time for the member of Government responsible for the NHS, Jeremy Hunt, to come to Batley & Spen to truly take the time to understand the importance, and the strength of feeling surrounding a fully functioning A&E at Dewsbury and District Hospital.

“The combination of the downgrade at Dewsbury & District Hospital, and the threat of downgrade faced by Huddersfield A&E, means that the whole of Kirklees could be left without a fully functioning A&E. That’s unacceptable and undermines the principle of a truly National Health Service.”

Tracy Brabin MP’s letter to Jeremy Hunt: