WATCH: How Hartlepool hospital campaign has grown

Calls for a return of services have grown louder since the trust announced last October that it was shelving plans for a replacement state-of-the-art £300million hospital at Wynyard.

It followed problems in securing £100million of Government funding. Since then members of the public, including the Save Our Hartlepool Hospital Campaign group, have held several well-supported marches and demonstrations.

Hospital protester (3rd left) Stan Cronin and fellow protesters outside of North Tees Hospital. Picture by FRANK REID

Hospital protester (3rd left) Stan Cronin and fellow protesters outside of North Tees Hospital. Picture by FRANK REID

The Mail collected 12,000 signatures in our Bring Them Back petition, which was sent to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt when he met a Hartlepool delegation in March. Following that meeting it was decided at an Extraordinary Meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council to develop a new health plan for the town by working with the CCG. Mr Wright has previously come in for criticism for failing to prevent the closure of Hartlepool’s A&E and transfer of other services.

In his Mail column after being re-elected in May he described claims he had signed off the closure as “complete lies” and called for unity.

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