Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has today (Wednesday) taken the battle to keep Dewsbury District Hospital A&E right to the top of government at Prime Ministers Questions.

Ms Brabin, whose number one campaign priority is saving Dewsbury A&E, asked the Prime Minister in light of the winter NHS crisis, if she would now act urgently to save the much used and essential A&E service at Dewsbury Hospital.

In her response, Theresa May said it wasn’t for the government to make decisions on local NHS services.

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s response, Ms Brabin said:

“Theresa May essentially shrugged off my question today, a response that is deeply disappointing. She is the head of our Government and cannot get away with passing the buck on issues of such importance.

“Even in the face of a winter NHS crisis and NHS Trusts under ever worsening financially pressure she refused a budge an inch to help the people of Batley and Spen and beyond.

“The case for keeping Dewsbury A&E is absolutely clear, with ambulances placed on divert 61 times from Pinderfields to Dewsbury in the last 12 months and waiting times in A&E of nearly 20 hours, it simply isn’t good enough to be reducing services when the existing ones are struggling to cope.

“I’ve already raised the issue with Jeremy Hunt and today with the Prime Minister, I’ll leave no stone unturned in this campaign to keep Dewsbury open.”

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