Ukip has joined calls for the return of an accident and emergency department to Hartlepool.
It comes after a vital health battle victory saw urgent care services were returned to University Hospital Hartlepool, as reported in the Mail this week.
NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group ruled that urgent care services will be delivered from the University Hospital of Hartlepool rather than the One Life facility in Park Road.
The boost comes hot on the heels of a high court win which safeguarded the future of fertility services - despite North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust saying it did not want to continue the service.
Mail readers shave previously expressed the need for A&E presence to be shifted back to the town from the University Hospital of North Tees.
Now, Hartlepool Ukip Coun John Tennant is also calling for the return of the A&E department.
“It is great news that the CCG has opted to urgent care at the hospital, particularly as 70% of those who used the former A&E department actually needed a GP,” Coun Tennant.
“However, we feel that this plan does not go far enough. I am still adamant that A&E must return to Hartlepool to provide residents with peace of mind and a service that is desperately needed, particularly for the elderly and those in need of a one-stop crash team in serious cases.
“The trip to James Cook in Middlesbrough or North Tees is too far to be able to provide emergency treatment for Hartlepool residents. The return of the A&E would also alleviate waiting times at James Cook A&E, making our health service work better for patients.
“I welcome the CCG’s plan for GP surgeries being installed at University Hospital, but I cannot see a reason why the A&E dept cannot return also. The CCG has the authority to seek a provider of A&E and I believe we should ask the CCG to begin this process."