This is what Kirklees Council told Jeremy Hunt about the HRI downgrade plan

Councillors’ deep disappointment over the quality of health chiefs’ downgrade plan has been revealed.

In July councillors from Calderdale and Kirklees opted to use their powers to refer the controversial HRI shake-up for review by the Department of Health.

They said not enough was known about the impact of the proposal to radically shrink hospital care in Huddersfield in favour of an expansion in Halifax.

Kirklees Council has now revealed the contents of the formal referral – a 13 page letter sent to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on September 1.

In it, members of the so-called Joint Health Scrutiny Committee (JHSC), say they were repeatedly left without answers to their questions.

Echoing the thoughts of Let’s Save HRI chairman, Mike Ramsden, who has called for mass resignations, they note that the final proposal is significantly different from the one that members of the public were consulted on.

Full story in The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 15 September 2017