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Full Report: Hartlepool hospital proposals moving forward

Controversial plans to transfer critical care services from one hospital to another have moved a step closer.

Proposals to move intensive care beds from The University Hospital of Hartlepool to The University Hospital of North Tees - have been approved by a panel of independent health experts.

The hospital has already lost its A&E department, and campaigners say cutting more services will leave people in the town vulnerable.

You can watch the full report from Jonny Blair below.

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Reaction from Health Trust managers

I know a lot of people have been waiting for the moment when we can take another important step on the way to the new hospital. Of course we do know that the financial environment is very difficult and we are mindful of that.

The review has reminded us that the situation is extremely challenging. However we have a proven track record of high performance, high quality and financial control and we have every intention of continuing performing in this way in the years to come. We do this cautiously but optimistically."

– Paul Garvin, Trust Chairman

It is significant to reach yet another important milestone in the programme. People are living longer, often with a number of chronic health conditions.

Transforming services by encouraging people to take up opportunities for screening, intervening early when people are starting to have health problems rather than waiting until people are so ill that they need to come into hospital, improving pre and post operative care so that people do not have to stay in hospital for long periods; these are all things which will lead to the type of healthcare we will need for future generations."

– Alan Foster, Chief Executive

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