What’s your opin­ion?

Halifax Courier - - Election: Health - By Jon Cron­shaw

The clo­sure of Calderdale Royal Hos­pi­tal’s A&E depart­ment has nei­ther been ruled-in or ruled-out by health min­is­ter Jane El­li­son. What are your views on this is­sue?

PAUL RO­GAN, UKIP, CALDER VAL­LEY

The NHS is too pre­cious to be used as a po­lit­i­cal foot­ball. The fact is both main par­ties have failed the NHS and both have in­creased pri­vati­sa­tion.

I would sup­port rec­om­men­da­tions from health pro­fes­sion­als tasked to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble care for all, free at the point of need and de­liv­ery.

ALIS­DAIR MCGRE­GOR, LIB­ERAL DEMO­CRAT, CALDER VAL­LEY

Calderdale Royal Hos­pi­tal must re­main open to pro­vide an ac­cept­able stan­dard of ser­vices to Calder Val­ley.

The big­gest threat to its con­tin­ued ex­is­tence is the ru­inous PFI deal it was sad­dled with, which will even­tu­ally cost £774 mil­lion for a build­ing worth only £64 mil­lion.

The PFI deal needs to be bought out by ei­ther the gov­ern­ment or the coun­cil and form part of the on­go­ing fis­cal con­sol­i­da­tion of debt that is res­cu­ing our coun­try from eco­nomic catas­tro­phe.

JENNY SHEP­HERD, GREEN PARTY, CALDER VAL­LEY

The rec­om­men­da­tion to close Hal­i­fax A&E is all about money, not about clin­i­cal benefits.

If the next gov­ern­ment en­acts the 2015 NHS Re­in­state­ment Bill, that will end and re­verse NHS mar­keti­sa­tion and pri­vati­sa­tion, the sav­ings will fill the £20 bil­lion NHS fund­ing short­fall that’s pro- jected for 2020 - this would re­move the fi­nan­cial pres­sure to close our A&E

CRAIG WHITTAKER, CON­SER­VA­TIVE, CALDER VAL­LEY

It is not the Min­is­ter nor Gov­ern­ment who take th­ese de­ci­sions - it is our lo­cal doc­tors who com­mis­sion th­ese ser­vices.

De­spite the con­stant scare­mon­ger­ing from the op­po­si­tion and the Hal­i­fax Courier, there are no plans to close Calderdale A&E.

For any per­son who doubts this, read the doc­tors’ own pro­pos­als ‘Right Care, Right Time, Right Place’ where there are no pro­pos­als to close the A&E.

JOSH FEN­TON-GLYNN, LABOUR, CALDER VAL­LEY

I have been fight­ing to save our A&E since the threat was first raised. I walked from Tod­mor­den to Hud­der­s­field to raise aware­ness. In re­cent weeks we have seen statis­tics show­ing that the trust failed to hit its wait­ing times tar­gets for the whole of last year.

No one can se­ri­ously con­tend there is a clin­i­cal case for down­grad­ing our hos­pi­tal. As your MP I will fight for our A&E.

Labour are com­mit­ted to fund­ing 36,000 more front line staff.

JOE STEAD, WORLD PEACE THROUGH SONG, CALDER VAL­LEY

A sub­ject very close to my heart and some­thing men­tioned within my man­i­festo. All ef­forts must be made to pre­vent clo­sure from hap­pen­ing. It will cer­tainly cost lives, es­pe­cially to peo­ple living in the west­ern out­lay­ing ar­eas like Heb­den Bridge and Tod­mor­den.

One of the big prob­lems with the present gov­ern­ment is the con­tin­ual pri­vati­sa­tion of in­dus­tries. If the Hal­i­fax A&E had been closed ten years ago, my wife would not be alive to­day.

HOLLY LYNCH, LABOUR, HAL­I­FAX

The un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the fu­ture of Hal­i­fax A&E in par­tic­u­lar is caus­ing con­cern for peo­ple of all ages, right across Hal­i­fax and be­yond.

The fight to keep Calderdale Royal and all its de­part­ments open will be my ut­most pri­or­ity as the MP for Hal­i­fax.

I was born in what was then Hal­i­fax Gen­eral and raised money for the chil­dren’s ward in Hal­i­fax grow­ing up, hav­ing been a pa­tient there. Calderdale Royal is centrally lo­cated in Hal­i­fax to serve the Calderdale area - I will fight tooth and nail to keep it that way.

PHILIP AL­LOTT, CON­SER­VA­TIVE, HAL­I­FAX

The key to the fu­ture of the Calderdale Royal Hos­pi­tal is how to over­come the fi­nan­cial prob­lems left be­hind in the wake of the last Labour Gov­ern­ment.

A strong NHS and good ser­vices at the hos­pi­tal can only be achieved on the back of a strong econ­omy which our long-term eco­nomic plan is de­liv­er­ing, al­low­ing a record amount to be spent on NHS fund­ing.

I will con­tinue my cam­paign to pro­tect Calderdale Royal Hos­pi­tal and will work with all par­ties. I will also use my ex­ten­sive busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence to help the Trust re­struc­ture the ini­tial con­struc­tion ,debt, to en­sure the hos­pi­tals long term se­cu­rity.

Holly Lynch, Labour, Hal­i­fax

Craig Whittaker, Con­ser­va­tive, Calder Val­ley

Alis­dair McGre­gor, Lib­eral Demo­crat, Calder Val­ley

Jenny Shep­herd, Green Party, Calder Val­ley

Josh Fen­ton-Glynn, Labour, Calder Val­ley

Philip Al­lott, Con­ser­va­tive, Hal­i­fax

Joe Stead, World Peace Through Song, Calder Val­ley

Paul Ro­gan, UKIP, Calder Val­ley

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