November 6, 2017

After a hectic first year of mainly attending meetings and having discussions we started the second year with compiling and writing our response to the Public Consultation Document, The Future of Healthcare in West, North and East Cumbria. Our thirty-page response set...

December 21, 2016

It’s now after midnight on 20 December 2016. The public consultation on proposals for our healthcare in west, north and east Cumbria has just finished. But this is by no way the end of the story – it’s just the beginning!

Cumbrian communities, the We Need West Cumberlan...

October 28, 2016

We had high hopes for the Success Regime. We hoped it would show the way to a new integrated model for health care, something along the lines described by Dr Barrie Walker in A Sustainable Model for Healthcare. We have been disappointed. The clear, fresh thinking...

October 24, 2016

We are now in the fourth week of the twelve week consultation on options for changes to healthcare proposed by the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime.  The regime covers a massive area but the major changes they propose will have the most severe impact in West...

July 5, 2016

Picture from the left:

Rachel Holliday, Pam McGowan (journalist News and Star), Lynne and Molly Davies, Carole Woodman, Siobhan Gearing, Mike Bulman (Keswick League of Friends), Jamie Reed, Mahesh Dhebar and Mrs Bulman.
 

Mahesh Dhebar and I travelled to Westminster to...

March 20, 2016

Stephen Singleton, Medical Director of the Cumbria Success Regime with Jan Den Bak,

Chair of West Cumbrians' VOICE for Health Care at meeting in Egremont in March 2016

We are now a bit wiser since my February blog. I was then very frustrated at the lack of information c...

February 13, 2016

January has been a long and frustrating month. Not just because of the appalling weather but more so because of the seeming lack of progress of the Success Regime. I say “seeming” because one of the disappointing facts of the process is the lack of openness and transpa...

January 27, 2016

West Cumbrians VOICE for Healthcare was set up in September 2015 because a group of us were very concerned that major decisions were being made about health services without the involvement of the people of West Cumbria, or of those who work for the health service here...

January 8, 2016

I’m a retired GP who has worked in West Cumbria for more years than I care to remember and so, like many, I’m concerned about how the health system is working where I live.  A few of us got together to see what we could do to make sure that all of us in West Cumbria ar...

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