Down­grade is path to a shut down

Halifax Courier - - The Gift Of Life -

Fol­low­ing Jennifer Pear­son’s let­ter (Courier, April 18) re­gard­ing the PFI hospi­tal scheme, I would like to ex­press my con­cerns that the pro­posed down­grad­ing of the Calderdale Royal Hospi­tal to 87 beds, from 457, is a part of the wind­ing down of the whole hospi­tal, so that when the PFI comes to be re­newed in about 10 years time the Calderdale and Hud­der­s­field, Foun­da­tion NHS Trust will be able to shut it down com­pletely, thus avoid­ing hav­ing to ne­go­ti­ate, and pay rental on the hospi­tal for an­other lease term. Sev­eral mil­lion pounds have al­ready been spent on con­vert­ing Acre Mill op­po­site the Hud­der­s­field Royal In­fir­mary, so that out­pa­tient ser­vices can be trans­ferred there. This will free up a large amount of space at HRI, which could then make up the short­fall of beds, which would be caused by the clo­sure of CRH, should the

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