Council denies Hartlepool hospital office take-over plans

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COUNCIL bosses have denied claims that they are on the verge of moving office staff to a new base in Hartlepool hospital.

Concerns were raised over the weekend that some staff who work for the council were being moved into empty office space in the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

But while the council said there were no “current plans” to move onto the Holdforth Road site, a spokesman confirmed that the 
search was on for an “appropriate” venue for staff who specialise in improving the discharge of patients from hospital.

In an email sent to councillors and members of the Save Our Hospital group, campaigner Keith Fisher wrote: “It has now come to my attention that certain HBC office workers/departments have been informed that they are moving their offices to the upper floors of Holdforth Road hospital.

“I would be relieved, indeed delighted, if this which is put before me is incorrect or a misunderstanding.”

A spokesman for Hartlepool Council said: “We have no current plans to move council staff onto the hospital site.

“It is our intention to integrate health and social care teams in order to provide a better service for the public, and we are currently looking for an appropriate venue to locate the staff teams that are responsible for improving the discharge of patients from hospital and providing community based support.”