No plans to close Dewsbury A&E department

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Health bosses have pleaded with two MPs to clear up “misunderstandings” about the future of an A&E department.

They have sent an open letter to Paula Sherriff and Tracy Brabin asking them to make it clear that there is no plan to close the emergency department in Dewsbury.

Both MPs have raised concerns over patient safety at the hospital after a surge in winter A&E attendances caused delays for patients at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.

The trust, which also runs Pinderfields and Pontefract hospitals, faced unprecedented demand and only managed to see 77.7 per cent of A&E patients within four hours - against a target of 95 per cent - latest figures showed.

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For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

Leeds nostalgia: Mallard pulls into Leeds to mark 50th anniversary of world speed record... in 1988