October 6, 2008
Hospital Proposals Put Off for Evaluation
PATIENTS north of the Tees will have to wait a bit longer to find out where their new hospital will be built.
Decisions on the future of health care services in Stockton and Hartlepool have been delayed after an overwhelming response to a three-month consultation.
Recommendations were due to be made by the NHS joint committee on September 29 but the meeting will now take place on October 23, to allow more time for evaluation of feedback.
During the consultation people were asked where they thought Stockton and Hartlepool's community services should be and on which site they felt the new hospital should be built.
Wynyard Business Park and Green Farm in Wolviston were identified as potential locations for the single hospital to replace the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
Hundreds of people from Wynyard have signed a petition criticising the consultation process.
Residents are concerned that both sites are close to their homes and have poor public transport links.
They are also angry the online survey only allowed them to comment if they voted for one of the proposed sites and they claim they were only given a public meeting when they demanded one.
Carole Langrick, who is heading up the momentum: pathways to healthcare programme, said: "After looking at the situation I have recommended we allowmore time for the feedback information to be analysed and reports written for presentation to the committee."
Chairman of the NHS joint committee Steve Wallace said: "This important issue is the direction of travel for the health services for the foreseeable future and for future generations so we want to spend extra time now to ensure the NHS joint committee can give all of the issues full consideration at its meeting in October."
The rescheduled meeting will be held at Hartlepool College of Further Education on Thursday, October 23, at 10.30am.
People can reserve a place at the meeting by emailing [email protected] or calling 01642 383234.
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