Following the publication of the Public Progress Report by the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime, the West Cumbrian MP, Jamie Reed has called on the Government to back the aspirations of the Success Regime by giving it the financial support that it needs.
The Success Regime, developed by the NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens at the request of Jamie Reed MP has published a Public Progress Report outlining a vibrant future for West Cumberland Hospital and takes a holistic view of healthcare provision in the county.
Recruitment is once again highlighted as a major concern, including surrounding the issue of retaining consultant-led maternity services at West Cumberland Hospital. Local MP, Jamie Reed has called on the Government to intervene and ‘ensure the Trust has the resources it needs to ensure people in West Cumbria have safe and timely access to key maternity services.’
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“This report marks an important milestone in the Success Regime programme. The clear demonstration of innovative thinking and genuine community engagement should go a long way in helping to rebuild trust and confidence in the local NHS. It is clear that progress is being made, but also that much more is still to be done.
“The Success Regime is now well aware of the challenges we are facing locally: the chronic recruitment problems, financial issues and issues of health inequalities, an aging population and access challenges caused by inadequate transport infrastructure.
“This report demonstrates a vibrant future for West Cumberland Hospital, with more elective treatments taking place there, a full Accident and Emergency department and an innovative partnership with the Great North Children’s Hospital. The Success Regime is clear that maintaining consultant-led maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital is viable if recruitment can improve. It is now incumbent upon Government to ensure the Trust has the resource it needs to ensure people in West Cumbria has safe and timely access to key maternity services.
“What is most encouraging about the progress made by the Success Regime is the commitment to holistic thinking in regard to our local NHS. Integrated care and the greater use of technology will see Cumbria at the cutting edge of improving care in the whole of the NHS. It is incredibly important that we, as a community, continue to engage in this process. In West Cumbria, we have one of the most committed, passionate and knowledgeable communities when it comes to health care and in the Success Regime, we have a firm commitment to improve the care we receive; together we can achieve a great deal for Cumbria.
“This process is taking place against a backdrop of unprecedented crisis in the NHS in terms of recruitment and funding. But the Success Regime will only succeed if patients, medical professionals and the public are listened to. For this process to work, these voices must be heard.”