The big picture raises questions

I, AS a former graduate of “Wagga university”, without so much as a B Hons or Dip Ed to my name, am unable to grasp the fundamental reasoning behind the closure of the A&E department at the University Hospital of Hartlepool and moving it lock, stock and barrel to the One Life centre in Park Road.

As I understand it, our hospital – declared unfit for purpose – with a large car park and easy access by main roads in all directions, is being closed and transferred to a small unit in the town centre that has only nine parking spaces, has thousands of vehicles an hour passing in front of it, is not accessible driving west down Park Road and where the area to the front of the centre will become blocked with cars, vans, ambulances and other ancillary vehicles from people wanting to be seen by the A&E department, doctors, nurses and chemists all at the same time.

Yet once this move is completed the One Life centre will become a centre of excellence.

Well excuse me for asking but, if moving A to B becomes a centre of excellence, then why won’t moving B to A also become a centre of excellence?

Edward Powell,

Birchill Gardens,