News on Pinderfields & Pontefract A&E Departments

The Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust who manage our local hospital at Pinderfields have announced plans to re-open Pontefract General Infirmary’s Accident and Emergency department overnight from the autumn. Since the overnight closure of Pontefract was announced, I’ve had some serious concerns about the impact it would have on our A&E facilities at Pinderfields. Along with fellow Wakefield MPs, I’ve raised our concerns directly with Trust management on numerous occasions.

It is good news that Pontefract A&E is to re-open soon, but there is a lot more work that needs to be done to stop the long waits and cancelled operations at Pinderfields, that have been undermining care for my constituents. And I am also worried that the Government’s NHS reforms are set to make things worse not better.

It is true that in recent months,  Pinderfields has struggled as Pontefract A&E was closed overnight.  The news that Pontefract A&E will soon reopen overnight is extremely welcome and should relieve some of the pressure on Pinderfields.

 But the independent Garland review raises many other wider concerns too. Mid Yorkshire Trust has struggled to balance the books for many years. Now though, as well as having to get on top of historic debts, our hospitals are faced with huge top-down NHS reorganisation as well as cuts to budgets being forced on the Trust by the Government.  No one asked for these changes. We want to see our local hospitals doing well so that patients round here get the best possible service. Now we all need to make sure that patients don’t now suffer because of budgets and decisions being imposed from elsewhere.

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Posted May 2nd, 2012 by Ed

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