Meeting to decide future of Pinderfields, Dewsbury and Pontefract hospitals

15th April 2010'Health Secretary Andy Burnham Visits the New Pinderfields hospital development today.'Pictured: The New Hospital.'PICTURES: Matthew Page

15th April 2010'Health Secretary Andy Burnham Visits the New Pinderfields hospital development today.'Pictured: The New Hospital.'PICTURES: Matthew Page

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Controversial changes to services at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust will be considered at a public meeting next week.

At a meeting at Ossett Town Hall on Thursday, health chiefs will decide whether to proceed with radical plans to centralise parts of accident and emergency care.

The proposals would see critically-ill and injured patients taken to a beefed-up Pinderfields A&E as some emergency patients are transferred there from Dewsbury.

Dewsbury and Pontefract hospitals would have urgent care centres treating minor ailments, and Dewsbury would lose its consultant-led maternity department under the scheme.

At Thursday’s meeting, health bosses will decide whether to press ahead with the plans after a three-month public consultation was held.

Health professionals and patient representatives also met on July 2 to consider the Meeting the Challenge proposals and come up with recommendations.

Dr Phil Earnshaw, chairman of NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “These recommendations will be taken to the meeting on July 25, where a decision will be taken on whether or not the proposals should go to the next stage of development.

“I would also like to thank all the people who have given their time, commitment and expertise to this process.”

Thursday’s meeting will start at 12.30pm.