Calderdale Royal Hospital

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 13th January 2015.

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Photo of Linda Riordan Linda Riordan Labour, Halifax 11:30 am, 13th January 2015

What the clinical reasons are for plans to close Calderdale Royal hospital A and E department.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

There are no plans for the closure of A and E at Calderdale Royal hospital.

Photo of Linda Riordan Linda Riordan Labour, Halifax

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust failed to give one clear recommendation for closing a 24-hour A and E service in Halifax in its business plan. Is that simply because there aren’t any?

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The hon. Lady and I have debated this topic before on the Adjournment. This is a locally led process. Nothing has been ruled in or out, no decision has been made, and first and foremost comes the safety and efficacy of local health services. May I commend to the hon. Lady the approach of her constituency neighbour, my hon. Friend Craig Whittaker, who at all times has championed the best outcomes for his constituents’ health, rather than seek to make politics out of this?