A&E protest rally reminder

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PEOPLE are being reminded that a protest march is being held tomorrow over the closure of the accident and emergency department at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

 March organiser, Jean Basey, 74, of Tunstall Avenue, Hartlepool, previously told the Mail: “I want the A&E closure stopped, nothing less than that.”

Protesters are due to set off from the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre ramp, in York Road, at 7pm and march to the war memorial in Victoria Road where Keith Fisher, chairman of the Save Our Hospital campaign, will speak.

Hospital bosses at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust confirmed that the A&E department would close on August 2

An independent review by health professionals, academics and local councillors declared the department unfit for purpose.

Patients in Hartlepool and east Durham in need of emergency attention will be dealt with at the new £20m One Life Hartlepool, in Park Road, Hartlepool.

The department is one of three round-the-clock health services in town that are being transferred to the centre as part of the Momentum: Pathways to Healthcare programme.