Response to the outcome of the Joint Kirklees and Wakefield Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 9 October 2013

The Joint Kirklees and Wakefield Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JOSC) took the decision yesterday (Wednesday 9 October 2013) to refer the proposals to reconfigure hospital services as part of our Clinical Services Strategy to the Secretary of State for Health.

This was on the grounds that members of the committee felt there was sufficient doubt that the proposals were in the best interests of local people.

We are clearly very disappointed with the Committee’s decision. The consultation proposals for changing hospital services are based on our key aim, which is to meet the highest standards of safety and quality for patients. We passionately believe the changes we have proposed are the best way to save more lives and improve results for patients and this is supported by the two Health and Wellbeing Boards that serve Wakefield and North Kirklees.

The Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Groups all agree that change has to happen – something that members of the JOSC echoed at their meeting.

We now await the Secretary of State’s decision. However we are confident that our proposals and the process we followed satisfied the Secretary of State’s four key tests for service change. We believe the proposals are crucial to the long term sustainability of local services and we will continue to plan for change pending the outcome of the referral process.

Dr David Kelly, Chair of North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Phil Earnshaw, Chair of Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group

Stephen Eames, Chief Executive of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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