The hospital fight is all just a charade

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The University Hospital of Hartlepool stands all but empty.

All but one ward has been closed, with service departments moved to the University Hospital of North Tees.

Operations in Hartlepool are knees, hips, and, I think, some child operations.

A list of services and work being carried out in Hartlepool should be printed in the Mail.

The leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, Councillor Akers-Belcher, has again written to the Secretary of State for Health.

We are also told in Hartbeat that the council is committed to having services returned to Holdforth Road.

They know, and you and I know, that that will never happen.

But it looks good in the magazine when we read it.

This is, in my opinion, all a charade, a headline to make us think that the fight is not over.

We never had a definitive answer from North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust nor the Clinical Commissioning Group about their plans if Wynyard hospital failed to materialise.

We have never had a definitive list of services Mr Akers-Belcher wants to have returned to Hartlepool.

Nor the outcome of these talks they have had.

Maybe he would do us a favour and provide the Mail with the content of the minutes taken, decisions made, agreements come to, when they happened, who attended on our behalf, and the outcome.

He might also enlighten us as to when these meetings will conclude, and just what the council is going to do if no agreement is reached.

I believe that they have known for a long time that our hospital will close completely, with no services ever returned to Hartlepool.

We must never forget this disgraceful episode.

John Marshall,

St Helen’s Street,

Hartlepool.