5. West Yorkshire & Harrogate

What issues have been raised about this STP?

Health planners are trying to reduce NHS deficits and think about ways to re-organise care. However getting a large deficit under control could prevent facilities being developed that can cope with the health and care social needs of local people.

Proposed changes

The closure of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary A&E and the consolidation of services at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH). The move has been criticised by GPs as putting lives at risk.

The potential closure and transfer of stroke services at Calderdale and Harrogate. More information available here.

Changes in who organises our care

The STP includes a proposal to develop an Accountable Care System, in Airedale, Bradford and Craven, and Wakefield; and a primary and acute care system in Harrogate.


The North Yorkshire County Council Scrutiny of Health Committee raised a number of concerns with the plans, warning of an over-emphasis on deficit reduction coupled with a lack of understanding about the impact of the cuts. The cuts could see the downgrading of ‘consultant-led maternity and paediatric services’.

The current average ambulance journey to an A&E is 15.54 minutes, this would increase to 22.13 minutes if a single emergency centre was established at CRH. The move would also increase journey times by public transport to 45 minutes and 15 to 20 minutes extra by car according to independent research conducted by the CCGs.