Calls for a return of services have grown louder since the trust announced last October that it was shelving plans for a replacement state-of-the-art £300million hospital at Wynyard.
It followed problems in securing £100million of Government funding. Since then members of the public, including the Save Our Hartlepool Hospital Campaign group, have held several well-supported marches and demonstrations.
The Mail collected 12,000 signatures in our Bring Them Back petition, which was sent to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt when he met a Hartlepool delegation in March. Following that meeting it was decided at an Extraordinary Meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council to develop a new health plan for the town by working with the CCG. Mr Wright has previously come in for criticism for failing to prevent the closure of Hartlepool’s A&E and transfer of other services.
In his Mail column after being re-elected in May he described claims he had signed off the closure as “complete lies” and called for unity.