March 02, 2017

Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group announce their decisions which will shape our health services in West, North and East Cumbria. See their full report

February 24, 2017

A report from consultation analysists The Campaign Company looks at responses from more than 5,000 people to the Healthcare for the Future consultation on services across west, north and east Cumbria

It also analyses feedback from thousands of other people that took part in public meetings and other consultation activities.

Unexplained change of mind by ambulance service. Maternity services it considered unsafe on 19 December are now thought to be safe. Why?

February 09, 2017

On 19 December 2016 North West Ambulance Service said it was unsafe to transfer women in difficult labour from Whitehaven to Carlisle.  On 8 February 2017 they announced that they were "assured it would be safe" but gave no reasons for their change of mind.  Hard not to think that pressure has been applied.  

Jan den Bak hits back as maternity row continues

February 08, 2017

Jan den Bak, of the West Cumbrians' Voice for Healthcare group, believes alternative ideas that could make consultant-led maternity services in Whitehaven sustainable have not been fully explored.

He is now appealing to bosses to start listening to genuine safety concerns, saying it is not too late to find a better way.

What happens if changes to NHS services are contested by the County Council's Health Scrutiny Committee

February 01, 2017

The Health Scrutiny committee refers the proposals to the Secretary of State for Health (now Jeremy Hunt) who can go to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel  for advice.  The Panel has in the past recommended that consultant-led maternity and other services be kept when the distance to another hospital puts mothers and babies at risk. The reflections of a retiring Chair of the Panel in 2012 gives an overview of their thinking

Responses to the consultation

December 20, 2016

See published responses to the [public consultation on The Future of Healthcare in West, North and East Cumbria by ourselves, local Councils, the voluntary sector, local political parties and others. If you know of more please let us know - we will happily publish them here 

What is a Success Regime?

December 01, 2016

West, North and East Cumbria is one of three Success Regimes in England.  Find out what and where they are

Blog

December 20, 2016

See our chairman's blog marking the end of the Success Regime Healthcare for the Future consultation

Geography matters!

December 20, 2022

Where is West Cumbria? Why should it's location be important to those who design our health services? 

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