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Westmorland radiotherapy decision 'three months overdue'

Tim Farron Credit: PA

Cumbrian MP and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to the Health Secretary calling for a decision on bringing radiotherapy services to Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital to be made as soon as possible.

He says a government review into radiotherapy provision is now three months overdue:

Local people have overwhelmingly backed this campaign, and want to see a decision reached. The government cannot allow this review to drag on.

At the moment, South Lakes residents regularly have to travel for hours to access essential radiotherapy services. People living in rural areas like South Cumbria deserve the same access to radiotherapy services as those in other areas, and I will continue to fight for radiotherapy services here in Kendal.”

– Tim Farron MP


Watch: Treasury supports £15 million radiotherapy unit

The Treasury has announced its support for a new £15 million radiotherapy centre at Westmorland hospital.

Provided the plans are approved, the Treasury says it will back the scheme.

Matthew Taylor reports.

Treasury agrees to funding

The Treasury has agreed to fund a new radiotherapy unit at Westmorland General Hospital provided the business plan is approved Credit: ITV Border

The Treasury has agreed to fund a £15 million radiotherapy unit at Westmorland General Hospital.

However, the funding is dependent on the approval of a business plan.

MP Tim Farron believes that this announcement is a step forward in securing the unit.

"Over the last few years, I have pressed and pressed ministers and civil servants about agreeing to bring a radiotherapy centre to Westmorland General.

"It has been a long slog, but this announcement means that, like our recent success securing £15 million for the Lakes Line, if the business case stacks up the money is there for the radiotherapy unit."

– Tim Farron, MP for South Lakes


Kendal cancer service talks

MP Tim Farron and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley Credit: Tim Farron

A campaign to bring more cancer services to Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital has been heard by the Secretary of State for Health.

The South Lakes MP Tim Farron held talks yesterday with Andrew Lansley about the possible introduction of radiotherapy services.

Currently patients have to travel to Preston for treatment which an advisory group says is too far away.

Mr Farron said: "Meeting the Secretary of State is another step forward in our campaign.

"He emphasised that he was supportive of the project and paid tribute to our campaign."

Prime Minister's cancer pledge

Prime Minister David Cameron takes questions Credit: PA

Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants ministers to meet with a south Lakes MP over calls for extra cancer services to be introduced at a hospital in Kendal.

2,000 people marched in the town at the weekend to call for radiotherapy services to be made available at the Westmorland General.

Local MP Tim Farron has raised the issue at Prime Minister's questions today.

Mr Cameron says a meeting should take place to review services.