THE expansion of A&E announced recently is, in my view, nothing but a cruel deception just prior to the General Election and council elections.
The A&E department at James Cook University Hospital is massively under pressure as is that at the University Hospital of North Tees.
I was in the walk-in centre at Darlington A&E myself four weeks ago.
The patients for A&E in ambulances and on trolleys were forming queues out the door.
The expansion being proposed will take months to plan and years to achieve.
Re-open the facilities we once had at Bishop Auckland and Hartlepool instead.
Appoint a new paediatrician at Northallerton, and re-open a full A&E there.
The problems will then be solved overnight.
Nigel F Boddy,