The success of major trauma centres, established six years ago, in saving an additional 1,600 lives deserves to be hailed as a major step forward.
Our region is blessed to have several of these beacons of excellence, in Leeds, Sheffield and Hull and the work they do cannot be praised highly enough.
This has been NHS reform – often difficult – at its best, producing improvements and saving lives that might otherwise have been lost.
It bodes well for future reforms by demonstrating that change can bring benefits.
How comforting it is for people across Yorkshire to know that if the worst should happen, there are world-class hospitals, that are staffed by skilled and compassionate people, which are there to help.