‘We will listen’ vow by Hartlepool health leaders over hospital concerns

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Health leaders pledged to involve Hartlepool residents in efforts to improve services and standards of care.

Local health chiefs said public engagement will be crucial to two pieces of work currently underway.

We will talk to the public about services and to help to design the services they need

Ali Wilson, Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group

Hartlepool’s Health and Wellbeing Board received an update on the development of a new Hartlepool health plan, including use of the town’s hospital site.

The board, which includes Hartlepool Borough Council and numerous local health providers, also heard how the Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) aims to build on national recommendations around reorganising local care providers to bring improvements.

The Dalton Review, commissioned by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said there was too much variation in NHS standards and finances nationally and providers should look at different organisational models.

Ali Wilson, chief officer of Hartlepool and Stockton CCG said they were ahead of the game after improving standards over the last three years.

Ms Wilson said: “Further work will be needed with stakeholders will be needed before any proposals for change are put forward.

“We will talk to the public about services and to help to design the services they need.”

The Town of Hartlepool Challenge campaign group, offered to help get people’s views over.

Trustee Stella Leighton told the meeting: “We have a lot to offer to get the local needs and hospital services that we actually require.”

The new Hartlepool care plan will also seek residents’ views in helping to identify the town’s top health needs.

Hospital boss, Alan Foster, chief executive of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, also said he supported the aims of the new Hartlepool health plan.

He said: “The Hartlepool hospital is still very much to be developed, there is lots of land.

“We are working with the local authority to integrate health and social care. I think it is an opportunity to shape that and see what investment we can bring to help tie services together.”