An official petition to protect the future of services at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, is now guaranteed a response from the government.
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.
Chairman of the government-appointed Success Regime, Sir Neil McKay, says changes to health services across Cumbria are essential, following the publication of a controversial consultation document.
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.
The proposals have implications for the future of maternity services, community hospitals and emergency care across the county.Read the full story ›
People with sight loss tell ITV Border that GPs and hospitals are not complying with the new Accessible Information Standard.Read the full story ›
Madge Bazley has spent a lifetime with her husband, but will now have to make a six-hour round trip to visit him in West Yorkshire.Read the full story ›
Volunteers are needed to help new and expectant mums breastfeed their babies.Read the full story ›
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.
Patients of a ward at Westmorland General Hospital that's to close by the end of the Summer say they're devastated.Read the full story ›
The trust that runs the West Cumberland hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary is performing above the national average.Read the full story ›
New 'Virtual Clinics' at Cumbria NHS Trust means patients suspected of having dementia are diagnosed quicker than ever before.Read the full story ›