During the last general election the Conservatives promised forty new hospital projects.
One of the medical professionals who also attended the brick laying ceremony, Maurya Cushlow, who is an executive chief nurse at one of the trusts which are working in partnership to deliver this project, said:
“The building of this cancer centre will have a real impact on patients in north Cumbria in terms of travel.
“I once met a man from Wigton who had an aggressive form of cancer and he had to travel to Newcastle every day for treatment. This had a real impact on him and on his family.
“I am delighted to be here today to see work on the cancer centre taking shape.
“It also demonstrates our shared vision and long-term commitment to delivering high quality, clinically safe and sustainable cancer services to the people of North Cumbria.”