Pontefract A&E reopens overnight

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PONTEFRACT’S accident and emergency department will reopen overnight today following a controversial temporary closure.

The A&E, which has been closed between 10pm and 8am since November 1 last year, will resume 24-hour operation after Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust signed a deal with a private company to run it overnight.

It was closed overnight after the trust failed to recruit enough doctors to run it safely.

The move caused protests and raised concerns that Pinderfields A&E would be unable to cope with extra patients.

Trust bosses said the closure was a short-term measure for safety reasons.

The contract to run Pontefract A&E is set to run for 12 months.

Mid Yorkshire said no decisions had been made about its long-term future.