Shocked staff unaware of cuts

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STAFF at the University Hospital of Hartlepool had “no idea” that yesterday’s bombshell was coming after it was revealed that hundreds of jobs were under threat.

They expressed their shock at the news, which emerged after it was announced £40m cuts needed to be made across the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

One worker, who did not wish to be named, admitted she feared for her job.

She said: “It’s a crying shame for the people of Hartlepool.

“It’s just one thing after another at the minute.

“The site has been getting smaller and smaller, what will be left after another £40m?

“I do worry for my job, I have to with the way things are looking at the minute.”

One ambulance carer assistant said he works at a number of hospitals throughout the North-East and says Hartlepool’s hospital is not lacking in facilities despite the cuts that have already been made.

He said: “£40m is a lot of money, and I would be surprised if this hospital could stay open after that.

“It’s a good hospital, and I think the people of Hartlepool need it here.

“Personally I think it’s an absolute disgrace that the accident and emergency department was closed.”

Another worker, who again did not want to be named, said the first they knew about the cuts were when they were told by the Mail.

They said: “Nobody has mentioned anything about this to me, I don’t know anything about it.

“It is worrying for us here, I don’t know what will happen with jobs, will I have a job in three years time?

“£40m is a lot of cuts to make. Where will this all end?”