Funding shock for £10m Millom hospital plan
Last updated at 16:54, Wednesday, 02 October 2013
FUNDING for a £10m community hospital no longer exists, it has been claimed.
Plans for a new community hospital in Millom were part of the £80m Closer to Home scheme which would also see hospitals built in Keswick and Maryport.
However, following a health summit with the NHS Cumbria Partnership and Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, Copeland MP Jamie Reed said bosses revealed funding for the project no longer existed.
Under the scheme, Lapstone House Care Home, Wellington Street surgery and Millom Community Hospital would be combined in a new one-stop shop site in the town.
Mr Reed said: “For the first time the Cumbria Partnership has said that this is not going to happen.
“Right now Closer to Home appears to be close to collapse.
“The offer the people of West Cumbria were made does not look like being delivered any time soon if at all.”
He added: “CCCG said they are committed to delivering Closer to Home and I believe they are sincere with that commitment but the trust does not believe they can deliver Closer to Home.
“They say there is no money due to government cuts.
“This is by no means the end of the story.
“I will continue to work with partners of all political persuasions to do anything in my power to make sure it’s delivered.”
Mayor of Millom, Councillor Brian Crawford, represents the town on Cumbria County Council.
He said he would look to work with Mr Reed to fight for the development.
He said: “It’s a huge blow.
“We saw plans and there were a lot of meetings.
“I will work with all parties as long as it’s for the good of Millom.”
A spokeswoman for the NHS Cumbria Partnership Trust said it would work with its local commissioners to look at services in the town.
First published at 16:20, Wednesday, 02 October 2013
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Millom is very remote & its health services need help. Its been promised a new health center for years, the old GP building is an unsuitable Victorian terrace. The treatment room is often full of emergency patients. I have heard district nurses are being cut and maybe the ambulance service. People in Millom will suffer.
Typical that Millom loses out again. This project was never going to happen. It appears that Copeland & Cumbria councils & now the Health partnership just see the town as a drain on resources. Millom must be one of the worst towns in britain for taxes etc paid by residents compared to investment received. Serious questions must be asked what the 'powers that be' have got against the town. Jamie Reed couldn't care less about Millom, probably even less than Jack Cunningham ever did.