Gillian Troughton, our candidate for Copeland and Jon Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary met NHS staff and students at the West Cumberland Medical Education Centre to talk about how investment in training is essential for the future of West Cumberland Hospital. They met users of local health services who are concerned about the Tory proposals to downgrade West Cumberland hospital.
Gillian Troughton, Labour’s candidate for Copeland, said:
“What is really worrying me is the crisis now facing Copeland under this Tory Government. Their plans to cut vital services at West Cumberland Hospital are shocking, and dangerous.
“The Tories want to downgrade our maternity ward, and close our A&E and children’s ward. The idea of a woman in labour having to travel over 40miles up the road to Carlisle to see a doctor, is frankly dangerous. I should know, I’ve driven that journey myself, as a blue-light ambulance driver.
“Listening to concerns raised by local NHS users today, I believe our local hospital needs to stay here and it needs to stay open.
“This election is a choice, between giving this Government the green light to strip away our vital services, or voting Labour, and sending a message that it’s unacceptable.”
Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“Today I have heard from local Cumbrians about how worried they are about losing their hospital services.
“That’s why people here need a strong Labour voice who will be able to fight for the local hospital. Local people are clearly fed up of being ignored by Tory ministers over the future of the A&E, maternity services and the children's department. Electing Gillian Troughton will send Theresa May and NHS bosses a clear message about the future of West Cumberland Hospital.
“Only Gillian and Labour will fight for local hospital services.”