[C]opeland MP, Jamie Reed has called on the Secretary of State for Health to visit West Cumbria to better understand the challenges facing the NHS in the region.
In a debate secured by the local MP, Jamie Reed said: “I have today written to the SoS for Health, inviting him to my constituency to listen to local people, hear their concerns and answer their questions. He will be accountable for this process, come hell or high water.”
Jamie Reed MP also followed this up with a letter to the Secretary of State. In the letter, Jamie Reed wrote:
Today, in a debate in Westminster Hall, I spoke at length about the very specific challenges the NHS in Cumbria, through providers, commissioners, the Success Regime and crucially the public, are looking to address.
It is clear that to have any measure of success to the ongoing improvement processes, Government has the most important role to play.
It is with this in mind that I am writing to invite you to visit my constituency, to visit our healthcare facilities, to meet with NHS staff and to meet with the public that rely on these key services.
During the debate, the West Cumbrian MP also called on Government to step up and play its part. In particular, he asked the Government to ensure the funding for Phase Two of the redevelopment of the West Cumberland Hospital is released to allow the project to be completed and asked for the Success Regime to be given the freedom to achieve its aspirations.
Jamie Reed also addressed the rising concerns about ‘never events’ at the local Trust. He called for the Government to make a statement in the House of Commons on the issue. He said:
“The community has repeatedly warned of such events. The community has not been listened to and so I ask the Minister to commit to make a statement to the House about this, and other so-called never events occurring across the NCUHT as a matter of urgency. We need to solve these problems, and we need to determine accountability for them, too. I know that the medics want to get this right and I know that the new Chief Executive Stephen Eames is determined to get this right.”
In concluding his speech on the NHS in Cumbria, Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said: “The choice is clear. Together, we can produce something truly special, ground breaking and innovative or else we can watch a hollowed-out, under-funded, fraudulent process break the notion of a truly National Health Service. The NHS is our country’s religion, what happens in Cumbria will determine whether this government believes in it or not.”