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Copeland MP raises West Cumberland Hospital switchboard change

West Cumberland Hospital
West Cumberland Hospital

[W]est Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed, has written to the Chief Executive of the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, seeking answers on behalf of concerned staff and patients, in response to the move of the West Cumberland Hospital switchboard to Carlisle.

The move, which took place earlier this month prompted patients and GPs to contact their local MP, Jamie Reed, to raise concerns that they had not been informed of the change, and that it had resulted in confusion and lengthy telephone waits.

This news comes shortly after the Copeland MP’s recent letter to the Chair of the Success Regime, Sir Neil McKay, stating that he will not endorse the Success Regime if it recommends the removal of 24 hour consultant led services from the West Cumberland Hospital.

On 21st September, Jamie Reed MP will be hosting a public meeting, which will be attended by Sir Neil McKay, on the future of Health Services in West Cumbria. The meeting will take place at the United Reformed Church in Whitehaven at 7pm, and anyone with an interest in the future of local health services is welcome to attend.

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said: “I have written to Stephen Eames to voice the concerns of my constituents, including patients and GPs, regarding the uncommunicated move of the West Cumberland Hospital switchboard to Carlisle.

“My letter includes a reminder to the Chief Executive of the Trust that during his visit to the Hospital of last year, the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, was very clear that the Hospital must not be asset stripped.

“It is clear that Government must intervene immediately, without delay, to provide assurances that services at the West Cumberland Hospital will be protected and improved. I continue to make this case to Parliament, Government, and the Success Regime.”

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