Following reports that Chief Executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, Ann Farrar, is leaving the Trust, Copeland MP, Jamie Reed, has called for stability, a ‘fresh start’ and the retention of services at the West Cumberland Hospital.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed MP said:
“I’d like to place on record my thanks to Ann Farrar and her team for the work they have done in North Cumbria. It hasn’t been the easiest of times for the Trust and now we must seek a fresh start.
“With the opening of the new West Cumberland Hospital and the continued fight for services to be retained in West Cumbria, it is a very crucial time for the Trust and the next appointment must be willing to engage with the local community with a view to being innovative and retaining these services. I want to congratulate Stephen Eames on his appointment and I look forward to working with him. He will find in West Cumbria, a community willing to get involved and add value to discussions about the future of the healthcare in our community. This is a valuable resource for the Trust and they must now engage comprehensively.
“Given that this is a crucial time for the whole of the NHS, particularly in Cumbria with many challenging health inequalities, we need stability for the Trust and I will be seeking urgent assurances from NHS England and the Government that a comprehensive transition plan is in place so that patient care is not affected by managerial changes.”