1st July 2014
Copeland MP and Shadow Health Minister Jamie Reed has called for more investment to be made available to the new West Cumberland Hospital. Following his most recent tour of the new facility after a local health summit with local NHS bosses and members of the local West Cumberland Hospital Facebook campaign group, Mr Reed has written to the NHS Trust Development Authority calling for more money to be made available to complete the project.
“The new hospital is beginning to take very impressive shape, but it’s what services it provides that are of the utmost importance to me and my constituents.
“North Cumbria has done a good job so far in delivering the project. This has been a difficult project to complete, funding has been repeatedly placed in doubt and it was a difficult task to persuade the Coalition government to reinstate the project after it cancelled the new build shortly after taking office. On top of this, the government wasted over £3 billion pounds and threw the NHS into turmoil locally as part the biggest ever reorganisation of the NHS, and this caused the project to lose momentum and focus.
“It’s clear that the hospital project needs more money. The Government has so far refused to engage with these issues, so I have asked the TDA to ensure that all resources necessary are made available – this could be as much as an additional £24m. On top of this, I am seeking talks with the TDA so that once the new hospital is completed, it provides the services that the community expects and deserves as laid out in the ‘Closer to Home’ consultation.
“The community has never been resistant to change, but now is the time for absolute clarity on hospital services and we will continue to march, protest and make the case until we secure the services we need. I would encourage as many people as possible to attend the march for the West Cumberland Hospital this Sunday.”
The March for the West Cumberland Hospital takes place on Sunday, July 6 at 1.15pm. The march will begin in Whitehaven Market Place and end in Castle Park.