The Politically Speaking column with Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen

CONCERNS:  Around a third of patients could be transferred to Pinderfields from Dewsbury A&E due to the downgrade.
CONCERNS: Around a third of patients could be transferred to Pinderfields from Dewsbury A&E due to the downgrade.

Children across Batley and Spen will be full of excitement as schools break up for the summer.

For many parents it’s now the annual dilemma of finding good childcare for the long summer weeks ahead.

If it’s harder and more expensive to find holiday cover then you’re not alone, research this week found the cost of holiday childcare rising in England and only one local authority in the whole of England reporting that they have enough places to meet demand.

This week I’ve been calling on the Government to step up to their responsibilities and make sure councils are able to fund high quality and affordable childcare this summer.

Whether it’s a week of football or drama, I hope your children have a great experience.

Anyone who wants a memorable family night out this August should look no further than the special performances of Les Misérables coming up in a purpose made, pop-up theatre at the Wastesaver, Oxfam’s textile sorting house in Batley.

The performances have been inspired by Jo Cox and many incredible West End professionals have been working flat out with local children to create these shows.

It has been my absolute pleasure to be a part of the process and to witness these shows coming together.

Our young people are incredibly passionate and wonderfully creative, they’ve truly grabbed the opportunity with both hands and I know their families and our community are going to be beaming with pride come August.

Tickets for the shows are available from the West Yorkshire Playhouse website but don’t delay as tickets are selling fast.

Just like you, I’m extremely concerned by revelations regarding local NHS services.

It has been a double whammy as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt finally revealed that 30% of patients could be transferred to Pinderfields from Dewsbury A&E due to the downgrade.

This will see our most seriously sick transferred to a hospital consistently struggling to cope with demand even before this new expectation.

It’s the risk to patient safety I’m most angry about.

We’ve also had the proposals to knock down HRI and replace it with a much smaller site adjacent with an urgent care unit in place of an A&E.

Councillors made the right decision by rejecting proposals however that isn’t the end of the road, the final decision will now be made by Jeremy Hunt.

It sticks in the throat that these proposals and revelations have only come to light after the general election, because while she was chasing your votes Theresa May accused us of ‘scaremongering’ about local NHS services.

For as long as I am your MP I’ll keep the pressure on and fight for the best possible local health services.