Give us what we want

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I write in reply to Alan Foster.

North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is to get £50m to update the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

Is North Tees therefore “not fit for purpose” as the University Hospital of Hartlepool was branded?

Hartlepool’s, in my opinion, is a more superior hospital to North Tees.

Had Mr Foster and his team, as I understand it, not spent so much money on trying to get Wynyard hospital, perhaps they would have enough money to spend on both Hartlepool and North Tees hospitals.

As far as I am concerned, Wynyard was a hospital that few people wanted.

The trust appears to take no notice of what the people of Hartlepool and East Durham want, which is the return of all services to Hartlepool.

People in these areas need easy access to the treatment they are entitled to, and where people can afford to visit their sick relatives and friends, close at hand – without the cost of transport.

They don’t want to wait for hours to be seen by what I consider to be stressed-out staff, nurses and consultants.

My admiration and gratitude goes out to them all.

In my view, it is the system that is wrong and which needs changing fast.

So please, Mr Foster, listen to me and the 90 per cent of us who want you to concentrate on what we have got, rather than on something we may never have in these times of hardship and austerity.

Mr J J Holmes,

Grasmere Road,

Peterlee.