‘Hartfields absolutely vital’ says Hartlepool MP

Iain Wright addresses patients at the meeting at Hartfields
Iain Wright addresses patients at the meeting at Hartfields

HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright said a surgery at Hartfields Retirement Village is a vital resource that should not be taken away.

Speaking at a meeting of Hartfields Residents’ Association he said there was a “compelling case” for all three surgeries under review to be saved.

Mr Wright said there was a shortage of GPs in Hartlepool and we needed more not less.

He said the proposal to close Hartfields and for patients to potentially travel further afield went against the NHS policy to provide services closer to home.

Addressing Hartfields residents, Mr Wright said: “You may have been persuaded to live here because you have resources including a GP surgery on your doorstep.

“A retirement village is meant to have a range of different facilities and a GP surgery is absolutely vital for that.”

He added if the practice closed many residents would lose the close contact they have with their GPs and health staff.

Mr Wright said he believed the number of patients on the practice’s books would grow with young families on the expanding Bishop Cuthbert estate.

He added: “I think there is strong compelling cases for all three GP surgeries, but particularly Hartfields.

“I think with your support we can keep it open.”

He said he would respond to the consultation as a patient and also formally on behalf of the whole town.

He urged all patients to compete consultation questionnaires.