The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
TypeNHS hospital trust
Budget£460 million
HospitalsPontefract Hospital
Pinderfields Hospital
Dewsbury and District Hospital
ChairKeith Ramsay
Chief executiveLen Richards
Staff8,000 Edit this at Wikidata

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust runs Pontefract Hospital, Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield and Dewsbury and District Hospital and community health services in Wakefield, all in West Yorkshire, England.

Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield is the trust's largest.
Pontefract General Infirmary seen in 1969.

It has been under financial pressure for many years. In April 2012 it was described as "among the small group of the most visibly troubled providers nationally" and the possibility that the trust would be split in three and joined with other local providers was considered.[1] In October 2013 it was proposing to reconfigure services between the three sites.[2]

In November 2013 it was revealed that the beds at Dewsbury and District Hospital would drop from 360 to 110 if the radical shake-up went ahead.[3] The number of beds at Pinderfields would rise from 730 to 810.

Balfour Beatty built Pinderfields and Pontefract hospitals as part of a £311 million private finance initiative deal with Royal Bank of Scotland. They were leased back from the companies by the Trust over 35 years. In 2011, through its subsidiary Royal Bank Project Investments, RBS sold its 50% stake to HICL Infrastructure, an investment company originally set up by HSBC bank. Balfour Beatty sold its 50% interest in the hospitals for £61.5m, a profit of £42.2 million in October 2014.[4] The trust makes payments of £38 million a year until 2042 plus inflated charges for minor works.[5]

Kier Group has a £22 million contract to revamp Dewsbury and District Hospital.[6]


Four-hour target in the emergency department quarterly figures from NHS England Data from

It spent 6.9% of its total turnover on agency staff in 2014/5.[7] In February 2016 it was expecting a deficit of £23.4 million for the year 2015/6.[8]

In January 2018 patients were pictured sleeping on the bare floors of Pinderfields Hospital.[9]

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  1. ^ "Analysed: the wider effect of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust's financial woes". Health Service Journal. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  2. ^ "NHS trust chief pledges that future of Dewsbury District Hospital is safe". Huddersfield Examiner. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Dewsbury and District Hospital to lose 250 beds". Dewsbury reporter. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Balfour Beatty makes £42m profit out of Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals". Wakefield Express. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Borrowed Ideas". No. 1404. Private Eye. 30 October 2015. p. 38. ISSN 0032-888X.
  6. ^ "Kier wins £250m of health deals including Hampshire hospital design-and-build job". Construction News. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Agency spending: the real picture". Health Service Journal. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  8. ^ "One in four trusts plunge deeper into the red". Health Service Journal. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  9. ^ Meek, James (5 April 2018). "NHS SOS". No. Vol. 40 No. 7. London Review of Books. Retrieved 31 March 2018.