Miners join fight to save Hartlepool hospital

The University Hospital of Hartlepool
The University Hospital of Hartlepool

A MINERS’ union has joined the fight to save the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) is a new ally for the Save Our Hospital campaign.

It comes after the DMA held a crisis meeting for ex-miners at Easington Social Welfare Centre, to tackle welfare cuts, and East Durham residents, who use the hospital, highlighted their concerns.

DMA general secretary Dave Hopper said: “There was a big discussion on the question of the closure of Hartlepool hospital. We are going to now become involved in the campaign to save the hospital, because of the concern of the people living in that part of the coalfield.”

He said the DMA would contact Save Our Hospital organisers including Hartlepool councillor Keith Fisher, “to see what practical help we can give” and he said the DMA would send members to take part in any events, such as demonstrations or rallies, as have been held in the past.

“We would be very interested to go along to any meetings and get a representative on their committee,” added Mr Hopper, who views plans to build a new hospital at Wynyard as “pie in the sky”.

He added: “It’s very important that we help to keep afloat this hospital which services a lot of former miners down in Blackhall and the surrounding area.

“We need to lobby MPs to try and support this essential service – a lot of elderly people need care and hospital help.”

Mr Hopper said the DMA could help with funding the campaign and added that any additional support from the DMA would be a “boon and an asset”.

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