You can watch the full video of my speech in the debate here:
- Jamie Reed hits out at Government’s ‘national vision that balances the books on the backs of the poorest and most in need’
- The MP also criticises budget for lack of support for health services in Cumbria, including at the West Cumberland Hospital and for patients at Millom, Keswick, Maryport, Cockermouth and Workington Hospitals
In a blistering attack on the Government’s ‘rotten’ budget, Copeland MP pointed out that Cumbria has once again, been left out and let down.
In his speech, Jamie Reed said:
“…this Budget offers no help for our effort to recruit more health professionals; to finish the redevelopment of West Cumberland hospital; and to finally achieve the ambitions of everyone in Millom for our local hospital services or of the public and patients concerned about future services at Keswick, Maryport, Cockermouth and Workington hospitals.”
Jamie Reed went on to say that Cumbria and the north will succeed ‘despite this Government, not because of them.’
Prior to the Budget, the Copeland MP had written to the Chancellor setting out the case for investment in key infrastructure and key services, including the NHS, in West Cumbria.
In his letter to the Government, Jamie Reed wrote:
“…the future of West Cumbria is bright. Our best days are ahead of us. To achieve our potential, we require the help of government. The forthcoming budget gives you the opportunity to provide this help.
With investment from Government, West Cumbria can remove the barriers that currently prevent us from achieving our economic potential. I hope that you will use your budget to better enable West Cumbria to achieve the economic growth that I know is possible. Ultimately, this will not be just for the benefit of my constituents, but the country as a whole.”
The Budget did not contain any additional investment for roads and services in Cumbria.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“The Government’s priorities have been laid bare by this unfair and cynical budget. It is now beyond doubt that the Chancellor wants to balance the books on the back of the most vulnerable and the least well off.
“More than ever, we can see the scale of the Chancellor’s failures. He sets his own targets, he marks his own performance and he then proceeds to fail every single test he has set and it is those most in need of support that pay the price.
“By leaving Cumbria out of his budget, he has let us down. Our local NHS needs serious investment. The Budget offers no help for our effort to recruit more health professionals; to finish the redevelopment of the West Cumberland Hospital; and to finally achieve the ambitions of everyone in Millom for our local hospital services or of the public and patients concerned about future services at Keswick, Maryport, Cockermouth and Workington hospitals.
“In order for local services to be secured and improved and in order for the Success Regime to achieve what it needs to, the local NHS in Cumbria needs more resources. The Government should now think again and ensure that the local NHS has the resources it needs.”