Public urged to have say

Keith Fisher pictured in the area of Easington Road where the vehicle was stopped.
Keith Fisher pictured in the area of Easington Road where the vehicle was stopped.

CONCERNED councillors have again urged people to speak up on proposals to transfer more services from the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

It follows a recent meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council’s audit and governance committee meeting when councillors quizzed hospital health bosses over their plans to transfer emergency medical services and critical care services from Hartlepool to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

The recommendation was made by the National Clinical Advisory Team (NCAT) who was commissioned by the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to undertake the review.

A public consultation event will be held at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience on Wednesday, June 12, between 5.30pm and 7.30pm and residents are being urged to go along.

Independent councillor Keith Fisher, chairman of the council’s audit and governance committee, said: “Over the years the people of Hartlepool and South-East Durham have seen services gradually diminish from Hartlepool’s only surviving hospital.”

Coun Fisher also requested the Trust provide detailed information on current numbers of staff, wards and services compared to 2003 – the year Hartlepool was awarded a “3 star” top rating for the third successive year.

The committee has agreed to approach neighbouring authorities including Stockton and Durham councils to compile a formal response to the consultation.

It also agreed for the council to opens up talks with other hospital trusts in the area with the aim of giving town residents a wider choice as to where they receive hospital care in future.

To take part visit www.hartlepoolandstocktonccg/nhs/uk and completing the online questionnaire, emailing views to or writing to Communication and Engagement, FREEPOST NEA9906, Middlesbrough, TS2 1BR.