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PFI hospital plan a waste of cash; FEEDBACK.

I AM just about old enough to remember when a "public consultation" was just that, not a tick box exercise in going through the motions before carrying on with what you'd already decided.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, the body charged with our healthcare on Teesside, seems to be set in their determination to run down our two existing hospitals, in favour of a PFI financed project at Wynyard. We saw recently just how ill-judged that could be when a major pile-up on one of our busiest roads effectively shut off Wynyard for a large amount of the rush hour.

Whenever people are asked, they quite rightly opt for hospitals near their homes, and have watched in horror as vital facilities in North Tees and Hartlepool have been shut down.

Now the trust is holding a series of public meetings for people to "have their say". Trust chief executive Alan Foster said: "We wanted to take the opportunity to talk to the public about the new hospital and the benefits it will bring to the population we serve". Despite the fact that they don't have the money or the go-ahead from the Government, and despite the fact that they have already wasted huge amounts that would be better spent on maintaining the services we have, it's "business as usual".

UKIP's two prospective Parliamentary candidates in Stockton, Ted Strike and Mandy Boylett, are campaigning for an end to these PFI financed hospitals and hospital plans, which drain the NHS of much-needed resources. Never forget it was the Labour party that introduced this financial cancer into our health service. UKIP would not privatise the health service, nor charge you to visit your GP.

I hope the public will turn up to these meetings and let the trust know exactly what they think before more money is poured down the drain.

ALASTAIR COE, UKIP committee, Stockton

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 13, 2014
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