Labour’s Copeland campaign: Your NHS is not safe in the Tories’ hands

18th January, 2017 12:27 pm

Labour campaigners in the Copeland by-election have launched a video to highlight Tory plans to cut services at West Cumberland Hospital.

Jeremy Hunt is considering plans to downgrade the A&E service at the hospital while consultant-led maternity services could be moved to Carlisle, meaning expectant mothers could have to make an 80-mile round trip to give birth.

Last year a group of GPs and practice staff published an open letter warning of the risk to mothers and babies if women were forced to travel from West Cumbria to Carlisle Infirmary to receive care from consultants.

“We believe the proposals regarding maternity and paediatric provision–downgrading the obstetric department at West Cumberland Hospital to a standalone Midwife Led Unit, removing the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) and downgrading paediatrics to a short stay assessment unit–are unsafe,” they wrote, according to the News & Star.

The Tories could also cut some services at Keswick hospital in the constituency.

Last month Jon Ashworth launched the Copeland campaign for Labour, protesting the Tories plans to impose further austerity on local hospitals.

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