In response to the proposal to spend £20million on a new A&E in Durham Helen said:
“Bishop Auckland people will be astonished at the proposal to spend £20million on the A&E unit in Durham City. We opposed the closure of the A&E unit at BAGH five years ago. It was obvious then that Durham and Darlington would not be able to cope.
It is a complete waste of taxpayer’s money to close down facilities in a new hospital and then develop new facilities in a new building elsewhere. Durham & Darlington Trust must explain themselves to the people of Bishop Auckland. We also want to see a commitment to maintain Urgent Care in Bishop Auckland and I have written to Durham County Council Overview and Scrutiny Committee.”
We must have a comprehensive review of hospital facilities across County Durham and Darlington."