Hell-bent on damaging changes

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I READ with great interest about bosses being grilled about North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust hospital changes by Mail reporter Richard Mennear (also by regional councillors) over plans to move critical care and emergency services from the University Hospital of Hartlepool to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

Once again this suggests they are hell-bent on these damaging changes, regardless of what anyone says.

Plus the job losses and what I see as the total disregard of staff and patients.

As regards to what the public and patients want, the powers-that-be have spoken and I fear they just want to inflict their rules, not ours, and ride roughshod over anyone that stands in their path.

Have people and patients in this part of the country got no rights at all?

I would also like to mention Dr Boleslaw Posmyk, chairman of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG.

He remarked that if the planned £300m Wynyard hospital does not come off they are adamant the plans for the transfer of patients will still go ahead.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

It suggests one way or the other that the cries of people are once again being by-passed and this matter cannot in a democratic and free society be ignored by the powers-that-be.

People have justified concerns for their future.

Why not a public debate, so all people and patients could air their views, and not any meetings behind closed doors?

People have a born right to know what their future holds and not to be shunted about.

We have a great hospital on our doorstep which 
did once cater for all our needs.

Perhaps also our local MEPs could put our case to the Court of Human Rights because it does appear that we don’t have any.

We are just being dictated to without any real constructive answers to allay people’s concerns.

Also transport.

Julia Gillon, trust deputy chief executive, said two 17-seater minibuses have been ordered to operate 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

Plus 14 volunteer drivers are signed up, while they pledge to work on other transport plans.

Again we must stress there will be costs involved for fares, etc.

Nor does this scheme, if you can call it that, do anything for the people from East Durham and outlying areas who have to get to Hartlepool to use this transport at a cost.

It cannot be sustained in these days of benefit cuts, not to mention low incomes caused once again by the powers-that-be.

We believe passionately in Hartlepool’s hospital.

We will leave no stone unturned with the help of our MEPs, MPs, councillors who believe in the people, and the media, to stop this erosion of people’s and patients’ rights, and keep our hospital in Hartlepool.

Mr J Holmes,

Peterlee.