LETTER: Road accident concerns

I READ the report, Traffic chaos as truck gets stuck (Mail, February 20).

I was truly amazed that the incident reported was not related to the often-sounded warnings of the risks to life itself, as posed by the closure of services at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Many correspondents, myself included, have repeatedly warned of the potential consequences caused by North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s decision to close down vital services at Hartlepool, notably A&E, and forcing residents to have to travel to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, or James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, via the A689 and A19.

The article reported a lorry jack-knifed on the A689 causing traffic chaos (pictured).

This story graphically illustrated one of the very points that many have made concerning the trust’s decision to “salami-slice” the closure of local services and, in so doing, potentially put the lives of Hartlepool patients in even greater danger.

In summary I ask a question.

Just supposing a heart attack victim, en route from Hartlepool to North Tees, was in an ambulance immediately behind this lorry when it jack-knifed and closed the road.

Would not that patient’s chances of survival have been needlessly threatened?

Dave Pascoe,


UKIP, Hartlepool branch,

Dunbar Road,