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We will not allow Millom hospital to become victim of cuts - Cumbria MP

AN MP has vowed to fight for the health service in Millom and prevent the county being used as “the canary in the coal mine”.

uncertain future Jamie Reed MP has warned that Millom Hospital risks being a ‘canary in the coal mine’ for a wave of hospital closures

NHS sources have told the Evening Mail that, at an emergency meeting at the hospital on Tuesday, staff were told closure was an option due to lack of medical cover.

Now Copeland MP Jamie Reed says he will refuse to let the hospital become a victim of government cuts.

Mr Reed said: “I am stunned that the closure of the hospital is even being considered as a possibility. This is not and never will be acceptable to me or the community.

“We would bitterly fight any proposals to do so. Before the last election, we were looking at a new hospital for the town, and this must still be the aim. Closure cannot and will not be countenanced and I will be seeking talks with the trust to make this clear.”

There were plans, led by Mr Reed, to create a one-stop shop of Millom’s health services, merging the doctor’s surgery at Waterloo House, Lapstone House Care Home, and the hospital.

However the plans, part of the Closer to Home scheme, hit various obstacles and in October last year lost out on £10m of funding.

Mr Reed said at the time that the funding situation was not the end of the story, and promised to do all he could to deliver the new community hospital.

The Labour MP also attacked the coalition government. He said: “A few weeks ago in the House of Commons, David Cameron passed legislation that makes it easier than ever for hospitals to be closed and services stripped out without any meaningful engagement with the public.

“I said then that Cumbria would be used as the canary in the coal mine and we are on the verge of witnessing the government embark upon the biggest hospital service closure and reconfiguration programme that our country has ever seen.

“We will not allow Millom Hospital to be amongst the victims.”

The Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust has denied the claims about the hospital, and said that there were no plans for closure.

Have your say

Mark go and troll somewhere else....Millom will fight tooth and nail to keep their hospital open...caring decent staff and fantastic care...NHS Cumbria..you have been warned

Posted by Shelagh Cloudsdale on 29 April 2014 at 19:25

I have a question for the NHS Foundation. Will you be keeping all the beds open at Millom Hospital or taking some away. We do not want to sacrifice our Hospital for the Doctors surgery. We want both and we want more transparency.

Posted by SMCH on 28 April 2014 at 20:52

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