Calls for businesses to join #HandsOffHRI hospital fight

One of the biggest employers in the region has come out in support of the #HandsOffHRI campaign and is asking other businesses to join them in challenging the proposal to down band HRI Accident and Emergency unit and reconfigure services which would mean all emergency care will be done in Calderdale.

Award winning recruitment specialists, Stafflex Recruitment Ltd, based on Chapel Hill, Huddersfield, are developing plans to help demonstrate the support for the campaign from the thousands of businesses that will be affected by the changes.

"Stafflex has grown into one of the biggest employers in the region. We owe our livelihoods to those businesses in the region that use our services and we know that a lot of them agree with us that Huddersfield must retain the best possible healthcare for its workforce.

"It's frightening to contemplate the social, economic and health impacts on this town and neighbouring towns and villages should we fail to provide the best possible healthcare we deserve. It's simply not a question of choice, Huddersfield must have its own Accident and Emergency unit", says Brian Stahelin, owner of Stafflex Recruitment Ltd.

"We are passionate about helping to make Huddersfield the best possible place to live, work, study and socialise. Time spent travelling to and from hospital, whether it be for routine check-ups or for emergency treatments, adds up. Apart from the personal disruption it causes, it's a drain on the employer's productivity and will, ultimately, affect the local economy.

"Any large employer, looking to relocate or set up a new site within the north, will conduct their due diligence and will be deterred from choosing Huddersfield against other locations with more localised services," continued Brian Stahelin.

Nadio Granata, Head of Marketing at Stafflex adds, "We are planning a number of events including a fun run at The Stafflex Arena, formally Storthes Hall sports complex and other exciting events to be announced shortly. Stafflex will be commissioning a T Shirt and asking businesses to add their name to the back of the T shirt for a donation to the cause. Proceeds from the sale of the T shirts will go towards the costs of running some events and the cause.

"We appreciate that times are changing. Austerity measures are biting and the NHS has some major challenges ahead. But we do not believe that the proposals to close the HRI Accident and Emergency unit is an appropriate solution.  We feel very strongly about this and are keen to hear from other like-minded businesses.

"Together with other businesses, we can add our voice to the #HandsOffHRI campaign and hopefully get the decision-makers to rethink these flawed plans. We will be writing to our clients to ask them for their views and giving them the opportunity to contribute to the fundraising to acquire the services of a legal representation. If anybody wants to come on board with us then they can contact me through our switchboard on 01484 351010 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ".

Stafflex has conducted its own research into work-related incidents and has identified the following information:

Fact File

• 1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
• 42 workers killed at work
• 76,000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
• 611,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
• 27.3 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
• £14.3 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2013/14)

"Clearly, from the information we have researched through the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (www.rec.co.uk), the effective management of the workforce's health is a major factor in the running of any business. Huddersfield is one of the largest towns in the UK and we are lead to believe has some of the worse transport routes.

"Why should we have to put up with anything less than ideal when it comes to our healthcare. Getting quick and safe access to the Accident and Emergency department is crucial. We support #HandsOffHRI and are happy to make our feelings known", added Brian Stahelin.