Copeland MP, Jamie Reed has welcomed further investment in midwife-led services at the West Cumberland Hospital.
North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust has announced that £100,000 to fund the services at the Cumb
erland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital. These units will run alongside consultant-led maternity units at the hospitals.
The local MP praised the new investment, but warned the Government must be willing to give North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust the resources it needs to ensure consultant-led maternity services remain in West Cumbria.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“Further investment in maternity services in West Cumbria will always be welcome. Pregnancy can be a nervous and worrying time for expectant mums and having excellent facilities and access to midwives is crucial for the peace of mind for mums-and-dads-to-be.
“Whilst extra money for midwife-led services is important, it doesn’t change that consultant-led maternity services must be retained in West Cumbria. The Trust, under new management, should be commended for the work they are doing, but Government must step up to the plate. Only recently the President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said that services in our part of the world should be protected. The Government must ensure that the Trust has the resources it needs to do this.”