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'Save West Cumberland Hospital' petition hits 10,000 signatures

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An official petition to protect the future of services at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, is now guaranteed a response from the government.

10,000
signatures have been made on the official government petition.

5,590 signatures were made by people living in Copeland, while 3,099 signatures are from Workington residents.

A public consultation on the future of healthcare in Cumbria, led by the government-appointed Success Regime, began this week. The process will discuss the regime's 'preferred' options - which includes downgrading maternity and emergency services at the hospital.

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Downgrading the West Cumberland Hospital's maternity unit, centralising stroke services in Carlisle and cutting beds from community hospitals are some options being considered.

The proposals are part of a new three month consultation called The Future of Healthcare in West, North and East Cumbria.

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Views sought on maternity services in South Lakes

People in Kendal are being asked to make their thoughts known on maternity services in the county.

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is holding a special event from 11am-2pm at South Lakes Foyer, Yard 95 in the town.

The Trust is looking to talk to anyone that is, or has been, involved with maternity services, such as mums-to-be, mums, dads, carers, people who support and care for babies, and friends and families of people that have used the service.

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