RESIDENTS keen to support a campaign restore hospital services in Hartlepool still have time to sign a petition which will be sent to health chiefs.
The Mail launched the Bring Them Back campaign in early November after bosses at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust admitted they were shelving plans for the new £300m hospital at Wynyard until after the General Election.
With many services having already been shifted from Holdforth Road to North Tees Hospital, the Wynyard announcement raised concerns that all services would end up being centralised in Stockton in the new hospital was eventually scrapped.
Since then, bosses at the Trust have been made well aware of the anger amongst the people of Hartlepool and East Durham after coming under fire at public meetings.
And the amount of people who have added their names to the Mail’s petition is now creeping closer to the 12,000 mark.
Trust chief executive Alan Foster and chairman Paul Garvin have both repeatedly said that services will not return to the University Hospital of Hartlepool as it is “not clinically safe nor sustainable”.
Councillors voted unanimously to record a vote of no confidence in the health trust, and have sent a strongly-worded letter to Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, to give him a detailed assessment of what is going on in Hartlepool.
Mr Hunt’s office confirmed to the Mail last week that the letter has been received and that a reply will follow “in due course”.
To sign the petition, call into the Mail reception in Wesley Square between 10am-2pm, or do it online HERE.