Prior to yesterday’s announcements all Cumbrian MPs were briefed by
the Success Regime about the future of Cumbria’s community hospitals
and the implications for in-patient beds.

Rory Stewart said: “I have pushed consistently for the retention of
beds in our community hospitals. I have also pushed consistently for
the regime to engage with our Leagues of Friends and the excellent
proposals from Alston and Wigton in particular on how to deliver
services to our rural populations. The needs of rural areas are unique
and require unique solutions. The community hospitals are at the heart
of our communities and are justly loved for the wonderful service they
provide. I will continue to fight for them tooth and nail.”

“This was an encouraging conversation – the Regime has been listening
and they seem sincere in wanting to find a good solution which vitally
combines social and palliative care provision with the medical
provision. But as always the devil is in the detail, and there are
many players including the County Council who will have to support
these reforms if we are to keep beds in places like Alston. So I will
continue to be closely engaged and fight hard for these precious

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