My reaction to the decision from Leeds Crown Court to grant a full judicial review into the HRI business case:
I am delighted that the judgement from Leeds Crown Court has taken into consideration all of the evidence, and has ruled in favour of the Hands Off HRI campaigners and the thousands of residents, medical professionals and local politicians. We have said time and time again that the business case which Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust put forward was flawed.
This is a victory for common sense. It shows that together as a community, we can achieve great results. This is a really positive step forward. My thanks go to the thousands of people who have campaigned, chipped in money and supported the campaign in any way they could.
We must however, be aware that Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust may appeal this decision, and that the Independent Reconfiguration Panel’s report is still to be released. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, has given an inadequate answer to my Written Question on the date that he will release the Independent Reconfiguration Panel’s report. He has said only that it will be released in “due course”. He cannot just sit on the report and expect us all to go away quietly without a fight.
I will once again make the offer to Jeremy Hunt to come to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where I can show him around our fantastic hospital and he can meet the dedicated professional staff who work there.
We need to be ready for the next steps in the fight to save our hospital.