4th November 2014
Copeland MP and Shadow Health Minister Jamie Reed has welcomed the intervention of the Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group into the developing row over what future services should be provided by the West Cumberland Hospital. Dr David Rodgers, CCG Medical Director, told ITV Border television last week that the CCG wanted to see two consultant-led maternity units in North Cumbria on safety grounds.
Jamie Reed MP said:
“The public intervention of the CCG with regard to the clinical options document released last week by the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust is extremely welcome. I agree with Dr Rodgers wholeheartedly: many of the options expressed by the Trust aren’t realistic options at all, and like the CCG, I also wonder why they have been proposed.
“I welcome the support of the CCG for two consultant-led maternity units on safety grounds and I also welcome their recognition that the same quality issues raised by the hospital regulator with regard to the WCH are the same quality issues raised with regard to the Cumberland Infirmary.
“Most of all, I welcome the public recognition from the CCG that the NCUHT is clearly saying one thing to staff regarding maternity services, and another to the public. The Trust has yet to answer a single question I have put to it in recent weeks, yet now finds itself caught red-handed pursuing one strategy in public and another one in private – in terms of re-building faith in any process, this is absolutely catastrophic. Currently, the silence of the Trust speaks volumes.
“I am working to pull together the CCG, the NCUHT and others to get to the bottom of these issues and to ensure that the voice of the community is heard and this intervention from the CCG is incredibly important.
“This Thursday, alongside Siobhan Gearing from the WCH Campaign Group, I will be presenting a petition to 10 Downing St containing over 10,000 signatures. NCUHT must respond, it must listen to public and listen to the CCG.”