Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Angry Parents Launch Online Petition over Hospital Nursery Closure

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Angry Parents Launch Online Petition over Hospital Nursery Closure

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Byline: Mike Blackburn Stockton chief reporter mike.blackburn@trinitymirror.com

AN online petition has been launched by parents angry about the closure of a hospital nursery.

In less than two days the "Stop the Closure of North Tees and Hartlepool Children's Nurseries petition" on ipetitions.com garnered nearly 500 signatures.

The two parents who set up the petition, Jamie Picken and Debbie Ling, are aiming for 1,000 signatures.

They are urging health chiefs at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to review the planned closure of its hospital nurseries at North Tees and Hartlepool.

As reported, parents across Teesside were left reeling after the shock news of the closure last week, saying it would have a massive impact on their children's lives.

The hospital trust says the nurseries had become "uneconomic to run".

More than 50 staff have been given 90 days' notice after being told the facilities will close by the end of the year.

Jamie Picken's son Theo, four, attended the North Tees nursery while his mum Hannah worked on the hospital's maternity wards.

Hannah, 29, is now pregnant with their second child who the couple were also planning on sending there.

Said Jamie, 33, a mental health support worker: "What's significant about this nursery is it's flexible to people's shifts and was affordable as well.

"If it was losing money why haven't they looked into ways of raising funds? To close it is a knee jerk reaction. There was no warning of this whatsoever. It came as a real surprise."

Debbie Ling's 11-month-old daughter Meredith is also cared for at North Tees and her son Benedict went there for three years.

"Benedict had an amazing experience there, I couldn't have asked for a better start for him," she said.

"I have just spent the last two months of my maternity leave getting my 11-month-old daughter settled into North Tees Day Nursery and do not want to have to do this all over again. …

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