An appeal has been made by Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham, for cross party support for what is now, his eleven year campaign for new hospital for the people of Stockton on Tees and the North Tees area.
Writing to local Conservative MPs, Matt Vickers, Jill Mortimer and Paul Howells, Alex invited them to back his campaign to secure a new hospital for the north of the Tees and enhanced facilities that would come with a new building. In his letter Alex highlighted the significant cost of maintaining the current North Tees building as well as the benefits a new building too bring to local people.
The Government is set to announce almost £6 billion for capital projects in the NHS and yesterday (25 October 2021) Alex was in the Commons spelling out the case for a new hospital for the North Tees area. Health Minister Edward Argar MP even commended Alex on his dogged campaign to bring a new hospital to the area.
“For eleven years I’ve campaigned on the need for a new hospital for Stockton on Tees and the North Tees area. For over a decade I’ve met with the Trust, health professionals and Government Ministers to build the case for new facilities to serve local people and I will continue to lobby for the funding for a new hospital that will play a central role in tackling deep-rooted health inequalities that blight our area. I’m also mindful of the need for enhanced facilities on the Hartlepool hospital site which are used by people across the area.
“That there will be almost £6 billion for NHS capital projects is a great opportunity and one we can’t miss. That’s why I’ve written to local MPs that would be served by a new hospital for the North Tees area, asking them to join my campaign and use their influence to deliver the new hospital the people of Stockton on Tees and the wider area desperately need.”