February 27, 2015

The CEO of NHS England has offered new hope in the row over Hartlepool Hospital after being quizzed by Conservative Candidate Richard Royal.


NHS Chief Simon Stevens said that he was opposed to too much centralisation in larger regional hospitals and wanted to “work with local communities who wanted to bring their hospital services back”.

At an event with NHS Chief Simon Stevens, Royal posed public questions that local residents desperately want answers to regarding the future of hospital services in the town. He asked...

February 14, 2015

Richard's speech at the Valentines Day Rally, organised by Save our Hospital and the Teesside Peoples' Assembly Against Austerity:



Good morning everyone, and happy Valentines Day!


Firstly I want to thank the organisers for putting today’s event together, getting such a wide range of speakers, and ensuring it is conducted in the right manner.


I’m not here today to score party political points. I’m not here to suggest that other candidates aren’t passionate and don’t care about this issue. Nor am I here t...

February 2, 2015














Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Secretary of State for Health

Department of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall

2nd February 2015

Dear Secretary of State,


I am writing to you regarding the issue of hospital services in Hartlepool, which you will already be aware of the strength of local feeling about.


The Labour Government brushed aside Lord Darzi’s 2005 recommendation to improve existing services at Hartlepool Hospital in favour of closing that facility and building a new £400m ‘super hospital’ at Wynyar...

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