Health Campaigners and Jamie Reed MP Join Forces on Health Service Supermarket Stall

supermarket-stallMembers of the We Need West Cumberland Hospital Campaign Group, with the support of local MP Jamie Reed, will be holding a series of supermarket stalls in Whitehaven, to encourage local people to participate in the Government imposed Success Regime consultation process.

The first in the series of stalls took place on Wednesday 9th November at Tesco. The upcoming stalls will be held between the hours of 10am and 7pm, on Friday 11th November at Aldi, and on Friday 25th November at Morrison’s. Anyone interested in volunteering their time on a stall is encouraged to contact Jamie Reed MP on, who will pass their details onto the campaign group.

Both the Copeland MP and the campaign group have raised serious concerns about proposals for the reconfiguration of local Health Services, and are determined to ensure that as many local people as possible have their say on the retention and improvement of their 24-hour consultant led services.

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:

“I am delighted to be working with local Hospital campaigners to arrange a series of supermarket stalls in Whitehaven.

“The first stall in the series was a worthwhile event and I am grateful to all at Tesco Whitehaven for being so welcoming and accommodating to our volunteers.

“Here in West Cumbria, our community is united in our determination to build a bright, thriving future for our Health Services, and as such we are opposed to plans to asset strip our local hospital, to remove our 24 consultant led services, and to reduce the number of beds in our community hospitals.

“It is important that local people understand the proposals put forward by the Success Regime, and that they respond to the consultation to ensure that West Cumbrian voices are heard loud and clear as part of this process. I therefore encourage local people to visit these supermarket stalls to learn more about the proposals, and to find out how to respond to the consultation.”

Local Health Campaigner, Sandra Dempsey said:

“It seems there are still many thousands of local people who are unaware of the changes planned at WCH and of the current consultation which gives them the opportunity to express their views. 

“Our supermarket stalls are an effort to reach those people and inform them, so I would encourage shoppers to stop and have a chat with us”.