Timeline of the Hartlepool/Wynyard hospital fiasco

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Timeline:

• February 2004: Ken Jarrold, chief executive of County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority (SHA), says Hartlepool’s hospital will not exist in 10 years’ time.

• August 2004: Professor Ara Darzi is asked by the SHA to investigate hospital-based services across Teesside and North Yorkshire in a review.

• September 2004: Prime Minister Tony Blair and Secretary of State for Health John Reid, promise the hospital will not close.

• March 2005: Prof Darzi visits Hartlepool and tells councillors the hospital is safe from closure.

• February 2006: The spectre of one new hospital north of the Tees is raised once more.

• September 2006: MP for Hartlepool Iain Wright resigns as Parliamentary Private Secretary for Health because of the Government’s decision to review services at the hospital.

• January 2007: Announcement that the hospital is to close and services could leave town.

• June 2008: Wynyard chosen form a shortlist of 10 as the location.

• October 2009: Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning department approve an outline application for a new 660-bed hospital.

• June 2010: Wynyard Park hospital is among 12 schemes scrapped by the Government.

• January 2011: The board of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust vote unanimously in favour of a new business plan for a £300m hospital at Wynyard Park to be paid for by Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

• March 2011: Hartlepool hospital’s A&E department is declared unfit for purpose after a review by health professionals, academics and councillors from the town’s health scrutiny forum.

• July 2011: Residents angry about the closure of the A&E march through the town centre.

• August 2011: Hartlepool’s A&E closes with One Life seeing people with minor injuries and more serious cases taken to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.

• September 2011: Hartlepool Borough Council records a vote of no confidence in North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust over the A&E closure.

• November 2011: Chancellor George Osborne announces a full review of PFI schemes, delaying the Wynyard plan by several months as some hospitals struggle to pay money back.

• February 2012: Mayor Drummond withdraws his support for the vote of no confidence.

• April 2012: The hospital trust reveals it is in talks with pension fund companies as a possible funding route as the PFI route stalls.

• July 2012: Kevin Oxley, the trust’s commercial director, tells a board meeting two pension scheme funds would be willing to fund 100 per cent of the new hospital at Wynyard.

• September 2012: The trust announces start of 18-month procurement process to find a builder, and secure funding, for the new hospital.

• December 2012: Three shortlisted bidders to build the hospital are announced.

• March/April 2013: Two of the bidders drop out of the race.

• February 2014: Hartlepool council approves the plans – but only give the trust three years to begin work.

• May 2014: Hospital bosses are still in talks with Government over whether £100m of funding will be provided.

• October 23 2014: Plans for the scheme are suspended after fresh doubts over funding are raised. All development work is “paused” ahead of next year’s General Election.

• November 3 2014: The Mail launches Bring Them Back in an attempt to have services restored to the University Hospital of Hartlepool.