I present a petition signed by 32,403 people from my constituency and the surrounding area regarding continuing uncertainty about the future viability of our local hospital after Professor Darzi’s report had provided a clear and positive way forward. I pay tribute to the people of Hartlepool, who have demonstrated unity, solidarity and focus on this vital issue like no other. They have been supported by the Hartlepool Mail’s save our services campaign and have received the support of the people of Blackhall, Horden and Peterlee in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (John Cummings).
The petition states:
To the House of Commons
The petition of residents of the borough of Hartlepool and others.
Declares the Petitioners’ serious concerns about the Secretary of State for Health’s recent decision to refer maternity and paediatric services in Teesside to an independent reconfiguration panel.
The Petitioners further declare that this decision undermines entirely the review of acute services in Teesside undertaken by Professor Sir Ara Darzi, which provided an excellent means of securing a viable future for the University Hospital of Hartlepool, as well as other hospitals in the area.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Health to use her powers to implement Professor Darzi’s recommendations in full, and without delay.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.
To lie upon the Table.