MP makes 'call to arms' for views on health changes.
Byline: Neil Atkinson Head of News firstname.lastname@example.org
HUDDERSFIELD MP Barry Sheerman will meet with health chiefs over controversial hospital proposals.
And he wants to arm himself with residents' concerns and fears about the plans.
He has appealed for people to get in touch with him prior to the meeting with GP Dr Steve Ollerton, the head of Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group, on August 28.
They and others will discuss the threat to Huddersfield and Calderdale A & e services Dr Ollerton agreed to a meeting after accepting meet a petition with thousands of signatories and dozens of comments about the plans.
The meeting was originally requested by the Labour MP in a letter to Dr Ollerton in July. The meeting will be between Mr Sheerman, Dr Ollerton, and a few key spokespeople for the community but the MP is determined it will be as public as possible.
He said he had already brought dozens of residents' comments to the board and is determined to put across as many views as wpossible.
He is issuing a 'call to arms' and will put residents' views to the clinical commissioning group, which pays for health care for patients in the Huddersfield area.
Mr Sheerman said: "I am pleased that the CCG is willing to seriously engage with the community on this, which is much more than can be said for the Secretary of State for Health.
"When we're hearing that there is a 50/50 chance of getting an appointment for some procedures in Huddersfield, and thousands of ambulances queuing outside A & E for hours across the UK, cutting local A & E services to the bone looks more and more reckless.
"The community is strongly in favour of defending these vital services and that's exactly what I'll continue to do.
"I am determined to put across the views of our community.
"If anyone from Huddersfield has anything they would say to Dr Ollerton about their A & E let me know and I will put it to him.'' To get in contact, use the petition on the website (http://www.barrysheerman.co.uk/index.php/huddersfield/nhs) or (http:// www.barrysheerman.co.uk/index.php/contacts/have-yoursay)
MP Barry Sheerman will meet |with local NHS chiefs