Sue, responding to the news that consultant-led maternity services are to remain at the West Cumberland Hospital, said:
“I’m really pleased by today’s news. Keeping consultant-led maternity services in West Cumbria was incredibly important and I know that this decision has the full support of the local community.
“I want to pay tribute to the many local health campaigners for their years of dedication to the retention of consultant-led maternity services in Whitehaven. Our community would never have let services be removed without a fight, and I’m proud that their long-running campaign has succeeded, and every expectant mother in West Cumbria will benefit as a result for many years to come.
“The twelve-month trial and the independent review have shown that the service can be delivered safely in West Cumbria. It’s been a long and difficult road, and the NHS Trust has worked really hard to fill the gap when it comes to specialist recruitment.
“The decision-makers have recognised that the current service provision is effective and delivering innovation to overcome the challenges we face in West Cumbria.”