THE NHS is under fire from a West Yorkshire MP after after a woman hit by a car just yards from a hospital entrance was taken by ambulance to A&E in another town eight miles away.
The unnamed woman was struck as she got off a bus outside Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, breaking her leg.
But instead of transporting her to the hospital just metres from the scene, paramedics rushed her to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, 20 minutes drive away.
MP Linda Riordan condemned the move, branding it “totally illogical”.
She said: “I am seeking some urgent answers from the Trust. On the face of it, this seems an illogical thing to do.
“It is a very worrying development when we have an excellent A&E unit in Calderdale.
“My thoughts are with the lady and I hope, if necessary, a full justification and apology is given to her by the Trust.”
Eyewitness Nancy Hartley, who owns a cafe next to the hospital, said: “I happened to glance outside and saw the ambulance pulling away and it went straight down the hill rather than turning right into the hospital which was strange.
“I don’t know whether she needed some specialist treatment that they do at Huddersfield because I know they have got a different department.”
A spokesperson for the Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust said it had been the policy of Yorkshire Ambulance Service since 2005 to take more serious emergencies to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and that while both hospitals have Accident and Emergency centres, neither have ever had specialist trauma centres.