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Statement following the publication of the review by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP)

Posted on Friday 24th November 2017

Stephen Eames, Chief Executive

Stephen Eames, chief executive at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I would like to thank the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) for their scrutiny of this very difficult decision.

“Our prime concern remains with the safety of our services for women and children across west, north & east Cumbria and we are absolutely committed to protecting patient safety and the quality of our services. The IRP recognises the work we have been doing to-date in order to sustain consultant-led services at West Cumberland Hospital as well as acknowledging the challenges we are facing.

“I understand that members of staff and our community may feel disappointed today but I would like to reiterate our commitment to both delivering Option 1 and to the future of West Cumberland Hospital. We are continuing to focus on recruiting more permanent medical and nursing staff to the Trust with a range of initiatives being undertaken. We also recently shared exciting plans for the further redevelopment of the hospital and I would like us all to work together to secure a very positive future for health and care services in West Cumbria.”  

The full text of the letter from the IRP can be found at the link below:


To read the CCG’s statement, visit:


More information about the co-production work can be found here:  

The full detail of the decisions made on 8 March 2017 can be found here