Saturday, May 27, 2017

Health Minister Philip Dunne on the next phase of work at WCH

A government Health Minister has praised Copeland’s Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for her commitment to local health services and spoken about plans to further develop West Cumberland Hospital if the Conservatives are re-elected.

Straight after being sworn in after winning the Copeland by-election Trudy Harrison met with Philip Dunne, Minister of State at the Department of Health, to reinforce the strength of local feeling, the need for vital services to stay in Whitehaven and to urge the required funding to complete the final phase of construction at West Cumberland Hospital.

Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Health, who recently visited WCH, said yesterday:

"Trudy Harrison has already shown herself to be a strong champion for local health services and has lent her support to West Cumberland’s bid for new capital investment as part of the long planned improvements in this area.”

The trust has been removed from Special Measures, a fully staffed maternity ward is in operation, and in addition to the £90million already invested by the Conservative government, funding has been secured for the final phase of the hospital’s construction.

Mr Dunne added: “I am pleased to say this will be a priority project if a Conservative Government, under Theresa May, is re-elected on June 8th. Our recent manifesto promised the most ambitious ever investment in NHS buildings and with these local proposals clearly needed and already very well advanced, we look forward to getting that investment here in Copeland as soon as possible.”

Trudy Harrison said: “I am encouraged with the progress made at West Cumberland Hospital, however, my work is far from finished and we still have a long way to go. I am confident that, if elected, I can secure the investments and improvements we so desperately need.”

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