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MP writes to health bosses after hospital closure

MP writes to health bosses after hospital closure

Published at 6:44am 11th April 2017. (Updated at 10:20am 11th April 2017)

Skipton's MP is calling for health services to be protected in Settle, after a hospital ward was closed. 

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is withdrawing inpatient services at Castleberg Hospital, following issues with the building.

The Trust says it is no longer confident that the building is safe for inpatient care, or for staff’s health and well-being on the ward.

It also says that ongoing issues with the power supply and heating, in particular, have led to this decision.

Julian Smith has written to the Chief Executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and the local Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Mr Smith MP said: "I am speaking to all the relevant parties and will ensure that everything possible is done to protect services in the area."

In the letter, he says he was "concerned that I and others were given no warning of this closure".

After being contacted by GPs in Settle, local councillors and other constituents, he wants to "ensure momentum is maintained to protect and enhance health provision".

Stacey Hunter, Chief Operating Officer of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We want to care for our patients in a building that is fit for purpose. Worsening issues with the heating and with the power supply have led us to taking this decision. We also want to provide a safe and fit work environment for our staff and no longer feel that Castleberg can guarantee this.

"I must stress that there is no immediate danger to patients or staff, but we are carrying out a planned withdrawal of services over the next fortnight. No new admissions are currently being made to Castleberg, and services will be withdrawn when current inpatients are discharged or alternative arrangements made for them.

"While the options appraisal is carried out, we remain committed to caring for patients in their local community and will, where possible, provide care at home. If patients need inpatient care, they will continue to be cared for at Airedale Hospital."

The Trust says it will work with patients, the local community and other stakeholders to "inform the options appraisal".