Time to strike out on our own

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I am writing regarding the transfers from the University Hospital of Hartlepool to the University Hospital of North Tees.

The excuse that the North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust makes is that it cannot get the staff to run both hospitals.

Surely the trust must realise people will not leave a secure job, no matter how low a wage they are getting at present, to work in an environment with no job security.

They could start this week, and the trust could close Hartlepool’s hospital weeks later.

I believe the only way would be to run our hospital independently of North Tees.

I feel the only way we could achieve any success would be to contact Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, and get his opinions on the situation.

He would be able to tell us how trusts work.

Our trust members are unelected.

This is all public money.

Most of it is, as far as I am concerned, is getting wasted by the trust.

Hartlepool Borough Council has given Alan Foster and the trust a vote of no confidence.

In my opinion, all we are getting from Alan Foster is arrogance.

What happened to Hartlepool – once a thriving town with six hospitals?

Now we don’t even have an A&E.

O Landreth,

Sheriff Street,