NHS England: A&E

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 2016.

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Photo of Jason McCartney Jason McCartney Conservative, Colne Valley 12:00 am, 15th November 2016

What discussions he has had with NHS England on the reconfiguration of A&E units.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

It was this Government who first introduced key tests for service change, giving local people a say. We need an NHS that is ready for the future, and sustainability and transformation plans will help to ensure the best standards of care, with local doctors, hospitals and councils working together in conjunction with local communities for the first time. No decisions about service reconfigurations, including A&E units, will be made without local consultation, as is currently the case.

Photo of Jason McCartney Jason McCartney Conservative, Colne Valley

How can it be right that the disastrous private finance initiative deal at Calderdale is dictating that Huddersfield royal infirmary be bulldozed, leaving Huddersfield as the largest town in England without an A&E unit?

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

I am familiar with my hon. Friend’s concern for the hospital in Huddersfield. We have discussed it previously. Calderdale royal hospital was an early PFI and is halfway to paying off its liabilities. The present proposal, put forward by the local CCGs, for moving to a full outlined business case would involve an A&E trauma centre on a single site, but there would continue to be emergency care in Huddersfield 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it would maintain the capability to assess and initiate treatment of all patients, if it were to proceed.