We need action to meet local A&E need

We need assurance that Pinderfields can cope with winter pressures

We need assurance that Pinderfields can cope with winter pressures


Accident and Emergency Departments are the other lifeline for families over Christmas. Here in Wakefield we have a brand new hospital at Pinderfields but as a result of changes to services in other parts of the district, I’ve had many reports from local people concerned about A&E waiting times. Over Christmas, with most doctors surgeries closed, families want to know that if they need it, they can be seen quickly at A&E. “Does the loss of A&E cover in Pontefract mean waiting times getting longer at Pinderfields?” is a question I’m regularly asked. On Friday I joined fellow Wakefield MPs in a meeting with the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust, the people who run Pinderfields as well as the other hospitals in the area. At the meeting I raised local concerns about A&E and asked for reassurances that the hospital had comprehensive plans in place for increases in patient numbers as a result of winter cold and flu. Despite reassurances at the meeting, I remain concerned and will keep up the pressure so people get the service they deserve. Please get in touch with me (or your own MP) if you experience problems over the festive period.

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Posted December 16th, 2011 by Ed