Hospitals public meeting on Tuesday
I was going to write a blog post urging everyone to attend the public meeting this coming Tuesday (3rd May) at the United Reformed church hall at Market Place about local hospital services.
But I can't find a better form of words than the letter which appeared in this week's Whitehaven News, written by the Rev John Bannister, and I am sure neither he nor the Whitehaven News will mind me quoting it in full.
On the hospitals blog (see link at right) I also quote letters on the subject from a consultant surgeon and from former councillor Ronnie Copeland.
Make your voices heard in defence of hospital services
SIR – On Tuesday, May 3, there will be a public meeting at 6.30pm in the United Reformed Church Hall on James Street. The meeting has been called by the ‘Save Our Services’ Group who have, over the past decade, acted as a pressure group for the retention of essential clinical services at West Cumberland Hospital.
A recently published report setting out the services which GPs and hospital consultants believe should be delivered at the two acute hospitals in this area, in Whitehaven and Carlisle, has created some concerns about a possible further downgrading of services at West Cumberland Hospital.
An example of our concern is the option, contained within the report, for all Intensive Care beds to be provided at Carlisle. Although much of the report shows a clear commitment from GPs towards a viable future for West Cumberland Hospital, the SOS group feel that some proposals may constitute a breach of the agreement previously given to this community as part of the outcomes of the ‘Closer to Home’ consultation which was undertaken three years back.
I urge your readers to show your concern and support for our hospital, by attending the meeting.
The Rev John BANNISTER
Rector of Whitehaven,
Save Our Services Group