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A consultation into downgrading services at Dewsbury hospital has been branded ‘phony’ and its outcome ‘grimly predictable’ in a union review.

And the plans themselves, which include downgrading the A&E department, have been criticised for treating the needs of patients in Dewsbury less seriously than those in Wakefield.

Health union Unison believes that ‘no serious case’ has been made for the downgrading, which also affects maternity and children’s services, and that the plan is a smokescreen to save cash and centralise services at newly-built PFI-funded Pinderfields and Pontefract hospitals...

We have an in-depth report on Kirklees Council’s plans to ask you how cuts to services should be made...

The first Mayor of Kirklees to come from Mirfield has taken the chains of office, and we speak to Mirfield’s next town mayor...

A woman from Mirfield will scale new heights as she climbs Africa’s highest mountain for charity...

We have picture special’s from a special dinner to celebrate Dewsbury RLFC 40th anniversary of their championship win and a record weekend at Dewsbury Beer Festival...

In Sport

After dumping holders Halifax out of the Northern Rail Cup, Dewsbury Rams are showing signs of hitting winning form at just the right time as boss Glenn Morrison prepares for an important series of games in the Kingstone Press Championship...

The soggy weather did little to dampen the excitement on the cricket pitches with some last-ball drama and sensational individual performances to savour. We also reflect on the successes of local school cricket teams in a major national tournament within our regular junior sport special...

Elsewhere, there is news of big changes at Cleckheaton RUFC, Yorkshire title success in the boxing ring and all the latest football action...

PLUS!

We have another free £2 sports bet!

And win a family holiday to Blackpool worth £1,000.

All this and much more, in this week’s Mirfield Reporter.