Hospital’s A&E “past the point of no return”

The A&E Department at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

The A&E Department at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

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THE accident and emergency department at Hartlepool’s hospital will definitely close on Tuesday despite an 11th-hour flurry of support to save it from the axe.

Hundreds of people marched through Hartlepool on Wednesday protesting at the closure. And there were calls from councillors for a last-gasp meeting to try and pressure health chiefs into a late u-turn.

But a meeting will not be held after health chiefs said the plans to close the department at the Holdforth Road-based site were now “past the point of no return”.

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