Accident and Emergency Departments: Huddersfield

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce A&E waiting times in Huddersfield and Kirklees.

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

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health meets NHS England on a weekly basis and discusses a wide range of topics, including accident and emergency performance data.

The Government has made £700 million – the highest ever figure – available to the National Health Service specifically to help with winter pressures.

In Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield over £3.4 million has been provided. The local NHS plans for this to fund over 40 extra staff and 160 extra beds. Local clinical commissioning groups are working with NHS England and partners, including local authorities, to implement winter initiatives.

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