Yvette Cooper MP has branded new plans from Mis-Yorkshire Trust which could see Pontefract A&E downgraded "a disgrace".
The Trust has submitted plans which, if approved by the Board, could go out to consultation in March and would make Pinderfields the main acute and critical care hospital in the District with a full consultant-led A&E, with Pontefract hospital being able to see fewer cases at A&E.
"“These proposals are a disgrace. They are ignoring the thousands of people who backed our campaign for the Trust to keep its promise of 24/7 consultant led A&E at Pontefract.
Last year they closed Pontefract A&E overnight and we forced them to reopen it with public meetings and petitions. Now they are trying to downgrade Pontefract A&E during the daytime.
This is clearly all about cuts. The Trust is being forced to make big cuts by Government reforms and the services we were promised are under threat as a result.
“Yet we already know Pinderfields is struggling to cope and sending more patients there is madness. It’s unfair to patients who are waiting too long to be seen and it’s unfair to staff who are already over-stretched.
"Hospital bosses know we won’t accept this plan and we won’t give up the fight for a proper A&E at Pontefract.”
Anyone who wants to sign the petition against the proposed plans can do so here.