Hartlepool hospital campaigners’ delight as 3,000 Tesco shoppers sign petition

Ian Telfer, left, of Seaton Carew signing a petition to keep Hartlepool hospital, watched by Derrick Rowbotham, Gill Crane and Keith Fisher at the Tesco Extra Store in Burn Road.
Ian Telfer, left, of Seaton Carew signing a petition to keep Hartlepool hospital, watched by Derrick Rowbotham, Gill Crane and Keith Fisher at the Tesco Extra Store in Burn Road.

Campaigners are delighted with the public response to their ongoing fight for services in Hartlepool which saw 3,000 people sign their petition.

Members of the Save Hartlepool Hospital campaign were at Tesco Extra, in Burn Road, to raise awareness and encourage more people to get involved.

Collecting signatures for the Save Hartlepool Hospital petition at the Tesco Extra store. Pictured, from left, are Derrick Rowbotham, Gill Crane and Keith Fisher.

Collecting signatures for the Save Hartlepool Hospital petition at the Tesco Extra store. Pictured, from left, are Derrick Rowbotham, Gill Crane and Keith Fisher.

Customers were invited to sign the group’s petition calling for the return of hospital services to the Holdforth Road site, including accident and emergency department, and prevention of any further losses.

The campaign group also handed out flyers telling people how they can get involved in the campaign, run by the Town of Hartlepool Challenge group.

A group spokesman said: “We have had an amazing three days.

“Many thanks to Tesco for allowing us to host this event. The people of Hartlepool are more determined than ever now to get this hospital back on track, and the people who just came to Tesco to sign the petition was fantastic!

“Well done to everyone who came down to support us and many thanks to those who signed the petition and supported us.  

“Thank you to everyone who came to Tesco and helped out over these three days. We haven’t stopped talking to people, helping people and getting new members over these three days.”

People can also get details of upcoming meetings and will be directed to the new Save Hartlepool Hospital website, which launched a few weeks ago.

Group members recently attended commissioning intentions events, held by the Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The CCG pays for health services, including those in hospitals, and was seeking feedback on its spending plans for the next financial year.

Keith Fisher, chairman of the original Save Our Hospital campaign, which collected more than 30,000 signatures, was at the event and said: “The public demand is indeed as clear as are the simple principles of democracy and therefore we are all entitled to expect that those who are elected to represent us will respond to that reality.

“Anything which can be moved to Stockton can be moved back to Hartlepool, the only missing logistic to that simple statement is the political will to demand it.”