It’s always been said by the people of Dewsbury that the Dewsbury Infirmary belonged to the people of Dewsbury, calling the hospital, The People’s Hospital. Our forbearers[sic] fathers , mothers, our grandparents paid extra money weekly so it is the tax payers of Dewsbury that are the owners, not anyone else.
Fact: Dewsbury’s third hospital was built in Moorland Road at a cost of £98,000 and once again it was paid for by voluntary subscriptions and was given the name Dewsbury District Infirmary and like its two predecessors, this was entirely voluntary subscriptions, until 1948 when the National Health Service came into being and took it over.
The hospital, named Dewsbury General Hospital was regarded as one of the finest in Yorkshire. No one could have guessed that within 50 years this too would be closed down, such is the progress.
The fine hospital was demolished and the land was sold for housing. A fourth hospital, the present one was built in Healds Road to serve the towns of Dewsbury ,Batley, Mirfield and Spen Valley.
Looking, it is almost impossible to believe that (in days gone by when things were so tight)the people of Dewsbury had been willing and able to raise such vast amounts to build and run those hospitals. Admittedly there were some major donations from the factory owners and other wealthy benefactors but the bulk of it came from ordinary men and women.
Who does Dewsbury Hospital belong to, can you answer that?