I WRITE about the transfer of patients to the University Hospital of North Tees.
May I once again voice my opinion.
Is this going to be a very wise move, owing to the state of the NHS at the moment?
The South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and The Friarage hospital in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, is being investigated by the Health Regulation Monitor.
The NHS regulator is concerned by what is described as a persistent failure to meet waiting list targets, coupled with an increase in hospital infections.
There are also other serious concerns.
It said the issues may signal wider problems in the way the Trust is run.
This is one of the region’s biggest hospital trusts, and this is supposed to make patients and the public feel at ease.
With the transfer of patients to the University Hospital of North Tees for safety purposes, again this puts an even bigger question mark.
There is a call to action to gather the views of the public, NHS partners and staff on how to meet challenges facing the NHS over the next 10 years.
They already know what our challenges are - to retain our services in Hartlepool and cut out all of the expense of needless travel for both the NHS and patients.