Health chiefs to face the public over plans for Hartlepool hospital

Alan Foster
Alan Foster

A SERIES of public meetings will be held over the debate on health care provision in areas including Hartlepool.

Bosses at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have planned the events from next Monday. They will start with one at Hartlepool Central Library on Monday, November 17, from 10.30am.

Trust chiefs said they decide to arrange the meetings after announcing the plans for a new £300m hospital at Wynyard were shelved until after the general election.

But it also comes as the Mail’s online petition, which calls for health services to return to Hartlepool, continues to gather pace with thousands of signatures.

Trust chief executive Alan Foster said they wanted to “provide the very best health care in the future and so we would encourage people to come along to these events.”

He said: “We wanted to take the opportunity to talk to the public about the new hospital and the benefits it will bring to the population we serve.”

The meetings include a short presentation followed by questions and answers. People can speak to health professionals about their services.

The schedule includes:

November 17 - Hartlepool Central Library, at 10.30am.

November 26 - Billingham Forum at 4pm.

November 28 - Easington Social Welfare Centre at 1pm; and Peterlee Leisure Centre at 5pm.

December 1 - Sedgefield Parish Hall at 11am.

• TO support our campaign, sign our online petition or call into the Mail reception in Wesley Square, Hartlepool, to add your name to the list.