Car boot plans for hospital car-park

CASH-STRAPPED health bosses have submitted plans to stage monthly car boot sales at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is looking to hold the boot sale at the Holdforth Road site and at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

Trust bosses say they are being forced to look at “imaginative ways” to generate income in order to protect frontline services as they look to save £40m over a three-year period.

Plans to stage monthly car boot sales at the two sites – which could raise up to £5,000 a year – have been submitted to Stockton Borough Council’s planning department.

They are expected to dealt with by mid-August.

Kevin Oxley, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s commercial director, said: “We have significant savings to make and we are keen to protect frontline jobs and services.

“We are looking at imaginative ways to generate money which would enable us to do this.

“We feel this would be something that would interest local people.”

Julie Gillon, the trust’s deputy chief executive, added: “We launched our £40m challenge in November 2011.

“We met the £16m we needed to save in 2011-12 and we are on track to make the further £16m savings required in 2012/13.”

* See Thursday’s Mail for reaction to the plans.