[W]est Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has spoken out in Parliament, calling on Government to fulfil its responsibility to communities in West Cumbria by providing a truly National Health Service.
Jamie Reed set out the challenges faced by the NHS in the area and expressed his concern about reports that the ongoing Success Regime are considering the removal of maternity services from the West Cumberland Hospital. The West Cumbrian MP made clear that neither he, nor his community will accept the Success Regime if it transpires to be a “Trojan Horse”, instated by Government to “slash budgets and cut services”.
This news comes shortly after the Health Secretary cancelled his meeting with local Health campaigners at short notice. The Copeland MP explained that “without visiting the [West Cumberland and Community Hospitals], experiencing the transport inadequacies, and seeing the vital work of consultant led Accident and Emergency, and Maternity services [at the West Cumberland Hospital], the Health Secretary cannot and does not understand the necessity of his immediate intervention in our troubled health economy”.
Jamie Reed concluded his speech by calling upon Government to “ensure the release of funding for phase two of the redevelopment of the West Cumberland Hospital, a commitment to the continuation of consultant led services, including Accident and Emergency, and Maternity, to be retained and improved at the Hospital. We also require a commitment to the retention of beds at our community hospitals.”
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said: “Now is the time for Government to fulfill their responsibility to provide a truly National Health Service. Decisions should always be taken based on the safety of local people, and never about driving down NHS budgets.
“My community needs and deserves no less than immediate intervention to ensure the release of funding for phase two of the redevelopment of the West Cumberland Hospital, a commitment to the continuation of consultant led services, including Accident and Emergency, and Maternity, to be retained and improved at the Hospital. We also require a commitment to the retention of beds at our community hospitals in Millom and Keswick.
“Our community is determined to build a health economy to overcome the unique challenges that we face. What we are missing is the immediate commitment, support and investment from Government that we require.”