Thursday, April 03, 2014

Prime Minister's Questions - exchange re West Cumberland Hospital

West Cumberland Hospital was mentioned at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday. This was the exchange (sources - "They Work For You" website, Hansard.)
Jamie Reed (Shadow Minister (Health); Copeland, Labour)
"At a time of unprecedented crisis, the Prime Minister saw at first hand just how good the West Cumberland hospital in my constituency can be. Six years into a rebuilding programme, that hospital has been plunged into crisis, is being starved of staff and faces being stripped of key clinical services. The nearest hospital is not just down the road—it is 42 miles away in Carlisle, and that, too, is struggling. Will the Prime Minister commit today to do everything he can to assist me, local clinicians and my community in retaining consultant-led services at the West Cumberland hospital?" 

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David Cameron (The Prime Minister; Witney, Conservative)
"The hon. Gentleman is right to say that I saw for myself what an excellent job this hospital does and how important it is. The clinical commissioning group total revenue available this year is an increase of 2.3%—£663 million. That is because this Government decided to protect NHS spending and not cut it, and that is why important hospital developments can go ahead."