Hospital Timeline

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February 2004: Ken Jarrold, chief executive of County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority (SHA), said Hartlepool’s hospital would 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: In the run up to the Hartlepool by-election, then Prime Minister Tony Blair and Secretary of State for Health John Reid, promise that the hospital will not close.

March 2005: Prof Darzi visits Hartlepool and tells councillors the University Hospital of Hartlepool is safe from closure.

February 2006: The spectre of one new hospital north of the Tees – leading to the closure of Hartlepool’s hospital – 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 University Hospital of Hartlepool.

January 2007: Announcement made that the University Hospital of Hartlepool is to close and services could move out of 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.

May 2010: £20m One Life Hartlepool centre in Park Road opens that will deal with minor injuries as part of healthcare changes.

June 2010: Wynyard Park hospital is among 12 schemes nationally scrapped by the newly-elected coalition 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 Hartlepool 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.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond says he is “100 per cent convinced” that a new privately-funded hospital will be built bringing the closure of the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

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 saying he prefers to work closely with the trust.

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.