Health campaigners plan second protest march over Hartlepool hospital services

editorial image
26
Have your say

A SECOND hospital march is to be held later this month in a protest to health chiefs over the stripping of health services from Hartlepool.

Mum Sue Little has organised the demonstration to take place on Sunday, May 24.

People from the town are being invited to take part in the march from Seaton Carew bus station to the University Hospital of Hartlepool in Holdforth Road.

It will start at 11am.

The event will be held almost five months after the first march in January which saw over 1,000 people brave the gales to do the same walk for the same cause.

Sue said: “We need everyone to turn out once again, and more.

“The turn-out we had last time was phenomenal, and we’re hoping for the same, if not better, this time round.

“The last time we did it there was howling winds and it was freezing, but we’re hoping to be able to do it in T-shirts this time.”

Mum-of-three Sue, 41, from Seaton Carew, added: “It’s everybody’s hospital and this issue effects every single person in this town.

“The only way they are going to listen is by us speaking with our feet and showing the strength of feeling behind this that we all want a full set of services brought back to Hartlepool’s hospital.

“This is a people’s peaceful protest march, and the power of the people will hopefully change their minds about what they’re doing or have done to our hospital.”

The Mail’s launched a campaign called Bring Them Back - a petition which received more than 12,000 signatures, which were handed to bosses from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England.

Sue is also an independent candidate in the Seaton ward for the Hartlepool Borough Council elections.

Other candidates standing in the Seaton ward are Phil Fenn for UKIP, Pete Kirkham, for Green, Robbie Payne for Labour, Paul Thompson as an independent, and Mike Young for the Conservatives.