Hospital protestors back on the march as they demand services return to Hartlepool

Hartlepool hospital march.
Hartlepool hospital march.

Scores of people took part in a second protest march yesterday over health chiefs stripping hospital services from Hartlepool.

Around 100 people took part in the march from Seaton Carew bus station to the University Hospital of Hartlepool, in Holdforth Road.

The event was held almost five months after the first march, in January, which saw more than 1,000 people brave gale-force winds to do the same walk for the same cause.

The demonstration was organised by campaigner Sue Little.

She said: “The event went absolutely brilliantly, the police were fantastic, the numbers weren’t as high as before though.

“We had about 100 on and off.

“There were a lot of elderly people as they are worried about future generations and what service they will have. There were only a couple of young ones who attended.”

The Mail’s Bring Them Back campaign had earlier secured more than 12,000 signatures.

It was then handed to bosses from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England.

Mum-of-three Sue, 41, from Seaton Carew, added: “To travel to North Tees with a sick relative, or to visit them, costs a fortune.

“Then you have family back at home who need looking after.

“We need these facilities in our hospital. Being able to pop home and get clean clothes makes such a difference.

“If an elderly or loved one dies and you have to make that drive home from North Tees or Newcastle, that drive is horrendous. You’re not in the right frame of mind.

“There’s so many issues as to why we need our services back here.

“The only way they are going to listen is by us speaking with our feet.”