The Minister of Health and the Prime Minister
United Kingdom

Since 2003 the future of the University Hospital of Hartlepool has been uncertain due to the financial implications the North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust faces in running two hospitals with full services.

Following a review commissioned by the then Labour government and the NT&H Trust, Professor Darzi concluded that there was a viable future for both Hartlepool & North Tees Hospitals and gave recommendations on how this should be implemented.

These findings were later ignored completely when either the NT&H Trust or the government decided that spending £465m on a new hospital in Wynyard, outside of both towns, was a better idea.

When the new coalition government came to power they wasted no time in scrapping this overly ambitious and deeply unpopular decision, to the delight of local residents.

Unfortunately however the very services Prof Darzi suggested Hartlepool specialise in had already been transferred to North Tees hospital leaving Hartlepool with sub-standard services and long, expensive journeys to North Tees for simple treatments.

We wish to fight our Labour MP's decision to continue to push for the closure of our hospital in favour of a unwanted pipe-dream that serves only to benefit those who stand to gain financially from the deal.

We, the undersigned call upon the UK Government to implement the recommendations made by Professor Darzi for the University Hospital of Hartlepool and the University Hospital of North Tees in full.

This would see University Hospital of Hartlepool become a Centre of Excellence in Women's and Children's Services, including consultant-led maternity, planned gynaecology, breast surgery, emergency paediatric medical treatment and planned children's operations.

The University Hospital of North Tees would then become the main centre north of the Tees for emergency surgery with expanded intensive care facilities and the development of a North Tees Complex Surgical Centre.

This proposal will provide both hospitals with a financially viable future whilst increasing efficiency within the North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust.

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The Restoration of services to the University Hospital of Hartlepool petition to The Minister of Health and the Prime Minister was written by Shane Robert Moore and is in the category Health at GoPetition.