3. Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire & Whitby

What issues have been raised about this STP?

Health planners are trying to reduce NHS deficits and think about ways to re-organise care. However getting the deficit under control could prevent facilities being developed that can cope with the health and care social needs of local people.

Proposed changes

Closure of A&E services at either Darlington Memorial Hospital or University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton on Tees.

A&E’s to close at Hartlepool and Auckland Hospital.

Closure of mental health wards at Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital.

A possible downgrading of ‘consultant-led maternity and paediatric services’ is also being considered.

Warnings about the impact
Local campaign groups have warned that forcing people to travel further to their A&E is putting “lives at risk”.
The North Yorkshire County Council Scrutiny of Health Committee warned of an over-emphasis on deficit reduction, coupled with a lack of understanding about the impact of the cuts.