Protesters march again to highlight plight of Hartlepool hospital services

Campaigners on a previous march from Seaton Carew to Hartlepool Hospital to protest at cuts to services.
Campaigners on a previous march from Seaton Carew to Hartlepool Hospital to protest at cuts to services.

A second march to protest against the axing of services from Hartlepool’s hospital is to take place this weekend.

Town mum Sue Little has organised the demonstration to take place on Sunday from 11am.

She is urging people to take part in a bid to keep pressure on bosses from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the University Hospital of Hartlepool and University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

The protest strut will start from Seaton Carew bus station, all the way to the University Hospital of Hartlepool in Holdforth Road.

Sue told the Mail: “It’s not just for mine and my family’s needs, it’s for everyone in this town.

“Everyone has elderly grandparents, or other relatives who are in hospital for whatever reason, and they have to go on a 28-mile round trip to North Tees hospital paying for taxis or petrol.”

She added: “I’d urge as many people to come along as possible because it is the most important issue in the town at the moment and we need to carry on the fight.

“We want our services brought back here.”

This will be the second march organised by taxi driver Sue, after the first one in January which saw hundreds of people turn up in cold and blustery weather.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright also joined the marchers for the hour-and-a-half walk along the seafront.

The strength of feeling was also shown in the Mail’s Bring Them Back petition which collected the names of 12,000 people.