Only 44% of the Calderdale respondents to last year’s public consultation said they would not be negatively affected by the proposals to cut hospital beds and services, centralise acute and emergency services in Halifax and planned care in Huddersfield, and transfer manyhospital services into the “community”. 33% said the proposals would have a negative impact on them and 20% didn’t know.
Equally, when it came to commenting on the various elements of the proposed cuts and changes, none of them gained approval from half or more of Calderdale people. This went for the proposed changes to emergency care, urgent care, planned care, maternity services in the community, children’s care and community services.
The proportion of Calderdale people supporting these changes was low, and they made more negative than positive comments in the open ended questions.
So we need to remind Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group of this, since they have so far failed to take any notice of us the public – or of the Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee, which last month referred the proposals to the Secretary of State for Health on the grounds that they are not fit for the people of Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield, or for the local NHS.
Here are some questions that I have sent to Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group for them to answer at the AGM on Thursday. This is from 6-7.30pm at Shay Stadium in Halifax.