Hundreds attend hospital public meeting
Hundreds of local residents crowded into Whitehaven Civic Hall this evening to attend a public meeting about the "Closer to Home" proposals on local hospitals.
A very strong message was sent: local residents support our local hospital services and demand first class healthcare.
At the start of the meeting it was explained that in the past week as a result of discussions between the PCT, Acute Hospitals Trust, local clinicians, and the Save Our Services group, substantial changes are being made in the proposals. In particular, it is no longer proposed to centralise all Major Trauma care in North Cumbria at Carlisle, and the proposed reduction in bed numbers at the West Cumberland hospital has been made significantly less severe.
More details on the "Save West Cumbria Hospitals" campaign blog - see link at right