Calderdale Liberal Democrats are launching a campaign to oppose the possible closure of the Stroke Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital.
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) states that officials “need to reduce the number of hyper-acute stroke units across West Yorkshire and Harrogate” in an attempt to plug a £1bn funding shortfall by 2020/21. Calderdale’s Stroke Unit is believed to be particularly at risk.
Councillor James Baker, leader of Calderdale Council’s Liberal Democrat group, said: “Calderdale Liberal Democrats are outraged that leading members of this Conservative Government stood in front of a bus promising £350m a week extra for the NHS, but are now failing to ensure the NHS has the funding it needs to provide vital services here in Calderdale.”
“We are not going to stand by and watch the lies that we would have extra for our health service go unchallenged. Nationally, we are demanding an extra £4bn cash injection into the NHS and care services. We have suggested that, in the short term, more funding for the NHS could be raised through an extra 1p on income tax. This would tackle the crisis in our health service until a long term plan can be put in place.”
“When Stroke fights you need to act F.A.S.T. as every minute helps. That’s why it’s essential we retain our acute Stroke Services here at Calderdale Royal Hospital. We are launching a campaign to save our local Stroke Services, and I would urge everyone to support our campaign by signing our petition online.