West Cumbrian MP, Jamie Reed, has announced his plans to hold a public meeting on the future of Health Services in West Cumbria.
The meeting, which will be chaired by the Copeland MP, will see Sir Neil McKay, Programme Chair of the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime in attendance.
Jamie Reed MP decided to facilitate the meeting, following receipt of a number of concerns raised with him by local patients, families, doctors and midwives regarding the future of consultant led services at the West Cumberland Hospital, and beds at Millom and Keswick Hospitals.
Jamie Reed has consistently spoken in Parliament and lobbied Government to provide assurances that these vital services and beds will be retained and improved throughout the ongoing Success Regime process.
Local people are invited to attend the meeting to put their thoughts and questions to Sir Neil, to engage in the discussion about the future of Health Services in West Cumbria and to ensure that their voices are heard ahead of the Success Regime’s formal consultation stage.
The meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 21st September, at the United Reform Church, James Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7HZ.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
“The Cumbrian Health economy is experiencing the most prolonged period of intense pressure that it has ever faced.
“Local people are well aware of the challenges that we face: the chronic recruitment problems, financial issues and issues of health inequalities, an ageing population and access challenges caused by inadequate transport infrastructure.
“Together, the local community is determined to build a local health economy, fit for the 21st century, to overcome the challenges that we face. This success will only be achieved when patients, medical professionals and the public are listed to both by Government and the Success Regime.
“I have therefore arranged a public meeting in order to ensure that these crucial voices are listened to, ahead of the Success Regime’s formal consultation stage. The meeting will be an opportunity for local people and practitioners to put their thoughts and questions to the Chair of the Success Regime.
“I encourage anyone with an interest in the future of Health services in West Cumbria to attend and participate in this important meeting. Feelings are clearly and understandably running high, but I will chair the meeting firmly and fairly. The more constructive we can be, the more we can achieve.”