Shadow Health Minister visits West Cumberland Hospital

Shadow Health Minister visits West Cumberland Hospital
Sharon Hodgson MP, Shadow Health Minister and Councillor Jeanette Forster

Sharon Hodgson MP, Shadow Health Minister and Councillor Jeanette Forster

The Labour Party is keeping up the pressure on Conservative plans to strip the West Cumberland of its services by more visits from shadow ministers.

Sharon Hodgson MP, member of Labour’s Shadow Health Team, was at the West Cumberland Hospital today (Tuesday) to talk to local hospital campaigners, including Labour councillor Jeanette Forster about proposed cuts to services.

The Party are gearing up to fight the imminent by-election when Labour MP Jamie Reed steps down at the end of the month.

Sharon Hodgson MP, member of Labour’s Shadow Health Team, said: “Tory plans for the West Cumberland Hospital are not safe or fair for the people of Copeland.

“The idea of a woman in labour having to travel over 40miles in an ambulance to Carlisle is appalling. Downgrading the maternity wing here could be dangerous.

“I’ve heard loud and clear that local people are angry about these proposed NHS cuts.  People are worried about what would happen if these vital services are taken away from their local hospital and they have to travel to Carlisle.

“West Cumbria deserves hospital facilities that they can access. People in Westminster might look at a map and think Carlisle is nearby but if people think it’s easy to get there they don’t know the area at all. It just takes one accident to close the road or snow or ice to make the journey time longer or impossible.”