Gillian Troughton, our candidate for the Copeland by-election has pledged to save services at West Cumberland Hospital. As a former hospital doctor Gillian has been part of the campaign against the proposed cuts to West Cumberland Hospital’s A&E, children’s ward and the maternity wing.
Speaking outside West Cumberland Hospital Gillian said,
“I love Copeland, it’s my home and the place I brought my children up. I really care about the people and the place.
“But what is really worrying me is the crisis now facing Copeland under this Tory Government.
“The Tories’ plans to cut vital services at West Cumberland Hospital are shocking, and dangerous.
“As a former NHS doctor I’ve seen first-hand the challenges facing our hospital and as an active campaigner to save our local NHS services.
“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.
“The Tories’ are putting our NHS at risk. Their plans for West Cumbria are about costs, not care.
“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.
“Only a vote for Labour can save our hospital and we need a strong voice in Westminster to fight for our hospital.”