Questions for hospital cuts consultation drop in, Sat 30 April, #Brighouse

We advise people to ask questions at the Brighouse drop in this Saturday, and not to fill in the “Have your say Right Care Right Time Right Place” hospital cuts consultation survey until Calderdale & Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups provide full and accurate information to the public, that make good the many flaws in the Consultation Document, that we have pointed out to them. Here are just two of them.

Royal College of Emergency Medicine figures show new Emergency Centre in Halifax would be dangerously overcrowded

The hospital cuts would see Calderdale Royal Hospital turned into a hospital solely for life- threatening illnesses and accidents for both Calderdale and Kirklees. It would have the only Emergency Centre for both areas.

The proposal is that only 46% of current numbers of A&E patients in both areas would go to the Emergency Care Centre, with the rest going to two urgent care centres – one in CRH, one in a new small planned care clinic/hospital in Huddersfield. It is very worrying that the Royal College of Emergency Medicine says that Urgent Care Centres are suitable for only 20% of patients who would seek urgent and emergency care.

This means that the CRH Emergency Centre would have to cope with 80% of the current numbers of patients who currently go to HRI and CRH A&Es –  113,600 emergency patients/year instead of the proposed 65,320 emergency patients/year. (Consultation Doc p28). This would dangerously overcrowd the  proposed Emergency Centre.

Calderdale and Kirklees to have “3rd world” number of hospital beds per thousand population

The hospital cuts proposals would see a loss of over 900 hospital staff and around 78 hospital beds. If we let this go ahead, we would end up with 732 hospital beds, which works out at 1.61 beds per 1000 population.  Only Indonesia, India and Columbia have fewer hospital beds per 1000 population than this.

But the Consultation Document claims (p5) that the proposed hospital clinical model will progress the future shape of hospital services ensuring that they are high quality, safe, sustainable and affordable. We would like you to know how the Clinical Commissioning Groups have traded off the requirement for “high quality and safe” hospital services with the requirement for “sustainable and affordable” hospital services, and what data they have used to determine that they can provide high quality, safe hospital services on the basis of1.61 beds per 1000 population.

Please let us know how you got on at the drop in

If you go to the Brighouse drop in, please will you let us know in the comments box below this post, or by  email

  • If the venue was easy to find and well signposted
  • What questions you asked, who answered them (if you remember the name), what they said and whether you think this was a proper answer to your question
  • Roughly how many members of the public were there when you were, and what time that was
  • Anything else that you noticed, thought or felt, at and about the drop in.

Your info will be very useful, because we are monitoring the consultation process with a view to a possible legal challenge if it is not carried out properly. Thank you.

Brighouse drop in

Downloadable consultation drop in advice leaflets

You can download a consultation drop in advice leaflet here

If you’d like to print some drop in advice leaflets to take to the drop in and hand out to members of the public, there is a downloabable pdf here which has 2 doublesided A5 leaflets on A4, so you’ll need to cut the A4 in half after printing.

We have asked the Clinical Commissioning Groups to provide full and accurate information to the public

Earlier this week, Calderdale & Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS, Calderdale 38 Degrees NHS Campaign, Huddersfield KONP, Barnsley Save Our NHS and N. Kirklees Support the NHS sent Calderdale & Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Chief Officers and Governing Body Chairs a list of Consultation Document errors and omissions, together with a request that they swiftly provide full and accurate information to make good these flaws in the Consultation Document, and post it all for the public to see on the Right Care Right Time Right Place website.

Our joint campaign groups are committed to to assessing if the Right Care Right Time Right Place proposal is right, once we have all the information about it. We can’t do that until and unless the Clinical Commissioning Groups give us and the rest of the public the information that we need.

We’ll let you know when we hear back from the Clinical Commissioning Groups.



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