Darlington Borough Council confirms date for inquiry into plans for Memorial Hospital

AN inquiry into controversial plans that could lead to A&E services being lost in Darlington is to be held later this month.

Darlington Borough Council will consider the draft NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), which proposes major changes to the way health services are provided in the region, at a special meeting on Friday, February 17 at 1pm.

The meeting will enable councillors to hear evidence on how the plan may impact on people in Darlington and the surrounding areas who use health services, including Darlington Memorial Hospital.

The contentious STP envisages the establishment of two specialist emergency hospitals in the region – Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital and either Darlington Memorial or North Tees.

Full Story on the Northern Echo 3 February 2017