I'm calling for the best interests of patients and their families to be put first and foremost as the first patients are moved from Middlesbrough to Hartlepool because of fire safety and construction defects at Roseberry Park hospital.
Now patients are being moved and works scheduled, I will hold Three Valleys Healthcare Ltd to their commitment that those patients and their families face the minimum of disruption and are kept well informed during any closure period. I also want to make sure the works to Roseberry Park are completed without delay and I will be watching the situation very closely.
I am determined to secure a full explanation as to how a new building that is so obviously and fundamentally flawed ever secured building regulation approval in the first place. That process hasn’t worked and we need full answers to that question and to make sure vital health monies are not being paid out under the PFI contract that is not delivering.