Health matters on agenda at special Hartlepool council meeting

PERFORMANCE FEEDBACK: Ambulance chiefs will give a presentation at an extraordinary meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council on Monday
PERFORMANCE FEEDBACK: Ambulance chiefs will give a presentation at an extraordinary meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council on Monday

COUNCILLORS will hear from ambulance and mental health providers for Hartlepool at an extraordinary meeting of the full council.

The extraordinary meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council has been called for 7pm on Monday.

It is for councillors to listen to presentations from representatives of the North East Ambulance Service on their performance for the last year.

The ambulance service has come in for criticism from patients and Hartlepool MP Iain Wright over the last year due to lengthy waiting times.

Members of the council will also hear a similar performance presentation from the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services in Hartlepool.

Councillors will be asked to give their formal feedback on both services which will be taken on board by the Tees Valley Joint Health Scrutiny Committee.

Reports on investigations carried out by the council into cardiovascular disease and the early diagnosis of dementia will also be discussed.

Cardiovascular disease is said to be one of the biggest issues facing the provision of health services in Hartlepool.

It is made more challenging due to the town’s high levels of deprivation and health inequalities.