Copeland MP Jamie Reed has written to Sir Neil McKay, the Chair of the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime to inform him that he will not endorse the Success Regime if they recommend the removal of 24 hour consultant led services.
The letter follows a meeting at the Department of Health last week between the Minister of State for Health Philip Dunne MP, Chief Executive of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust Stephen Eames, and local MPs.
In his letter, the Copeland MP highlighted the importance of consultant led care Whitehaven, referencing his constituency’s role as a nuclear host community, the new nuclear development at Moorside and the poor condition of the A595; the only route from Whitehaven to Carlisle.
The letter follows the announcement this week that Mr Reed will host and chair a public meeting on the future of Health Services in West Cumbria. Sir Neil and Stephen Eames will both be in attendance. The meeting will take place at 7pm, on Wednesday 21st September at the United Reformed Church, Whitehaven. Anyone who is interested in participating in influencing the future of Health Services in West Cumbria is welcome to attend.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
“I will not endorse the Success Regime if it recommends the removal of 24 hour consultant led services, including maternity services, from the West Cumberland Hospital.
“Here in West Cumbria, a nuclear host community, local people have performed an integral role in the service of this nation for more than sixty years. As a result, the Government owes a specific obligation to my community.
“It is only right that we are afforded access to vital consultant led services at the West Cumberland hospital.
My community deserves no less, and I will accept nothing less.”