THE condescending arrogance, in my view, of North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust knows no bounds.
The attempt (Mail, January 28) to turn disaster for patients into success for the trust was a typical example.
First we had the mortality rate published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
The trust is one of just three nationally that has higher than expected death rates, for the second consecutive year.
Then we had trust chairman Paul Garvin claiming success at missing the A&E four-hour wait target (Mail, January 30).
Is it possible that closing the University Hospital of Hartlepool A&E, as well as pulling other vital services out of Hartlepool and stuffing them into the University Hospital of North Tees has had some bearing on the totally unacceptable situation?