Maryport Save Our Beds Campaign plea to new PM

Maryport Save Our Beds Campaign plea to new PM
Billy and Jazz

Billy and Jazz

C/o Netherton and Ewanrigg Community Centre
Ennerdale road, Maryport
Cumbria, CA15 8HN
01900 819575

Dear Editor,
Please help us put pressure on the Success Regime to talk to the people of Maryport about the future of our much needed hospital beds in Maryport Cottage Hospital.

Please also help us support our ‘Too Crushed to Talk’ demonstration outside Maryport Cottage Hospital on August 2nd 9am to 11am.

For more information please contact the Save Our Beds Campaign c/o the address above.

Yours sincerely,
Jasmine Dean and Billy Robinson, aged 15, on behalf of the Save Our Beds Campaign Group.

C/o Netherton and Ewanrigg Community Centre
Ennerdale road, Maryport
Cumbria, CA15 8HN

10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA

Dear Theresa May,
We are writing on behalf of the Maryport Save Our Beds campaign regarding the decisions being made to Maryport Cottage Hospital.

David Cameron delivered a powerful speech in 2011 exploring how communities are able to take control of their future with not as much input from the government. He also stated that without any action being taken, “It has turned lively communities into dull, soulless clones of one another.” Five years later what has the government done to make Big Society a reality?

One of the areas, which the government pledged to change, was Cumbria. We stand for a small, yet strong willed community called Maryport situated on the west coast of Cumbria. Maryport has had to battle through many struggles with several wards being in the top 10% of Britain’s most deprived wards.

In light of recent cuts to the NHS made by the current government, we find our local hospital, who the people of Maryport and surrounding areas greatly rely on, unable to provide hospital beds for those who desperately need it. How does this complement the Big Society ideas spoken by David Cameron of, “neighbourhoods who are in charge of their own destiny.”? The decision about the future of our hospital is being chaired by Sir Neil Mckay, who has admitted that he has never visited Maryport and the surrounding areas in his life! This goes against the government’s pledges of Big Society, as this decision has been made solely by the government, with no input from our communities’ voices.

David Cameron stated about Big Society that “If it unleashes community engagement – we should do it. If it crushes it – we shouldn’t.” Our community feels crushed. We have had no communication with the success regime and no involvement with decision making. As such, hundreds are gathering to hold a silent protest on the morning of the 2nd August. We will be demonstrating that our voices have had no impact yet on Sir Neil Mckay’s decision.

We plead to you, as the newly elected Prime Minister, that you fulfil your parties’ Big Society pledge. We plead that you do not crush our community. We plead that you help create communication between Maryport and the government so we know what is happening to our society. Furthermore, that you acknowledge the fact that Maryport needs to be making the decisions which will ultimately affect the lives of the citizens living here, rather than allowing the government to dictate what they think is best for us. In his speech, David Cameron spoke that “The Big Society is that something different and bold.” Therefore we believe that you now have the power to listen to our “bold” community and achieve the idea of The Big Society.

Yours sincerely,
The Save Our Beds Campaign.