STRUCTURE: A public vote at a Hartlepool Council-organised meeting expressed “no confidence” in the board of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

The University Hospital of Hartlepool accident and emergency unit closed in August after a review concluded it could not attract enough senior staff to run the service safely, according to BBC Tees. The council disagrees with the decision.

The trust chief executive Alan Foster said in a statement: “Naturally we’re disappointed with the vote, and disappointed the council decided to go ahead despite knowing that the chairman and chief executive were not available to attend.”