Alliance plans approved

The NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body have today agreed the plans submitted by Alston, Wigton and Maryport Alliances on the future of healthcare for those areas and the closure of the inpatient beds at those hospitals.

In a statement Stephen Eames, Chief Executive of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospitals, said: 

“We are very pleased that the Governing Body have approved these plans today.  By working closely with alliances in Alston Wigton and Maryport, I believe we have been able to ensure that the alternative plans for our communities are better than the original proposals and will see the hospitals becoming the hub of activity for health and wellbeing in those areas. 

We will now formally close the beds in Alston – which have already been temporarily closed for a year due to staffing issues.  This has enabled the community model to be up and running already.  In Wigton and Maryport the in-patient beds will be closed in a phased way until October. Alongside this staff will undergo any training needs that are required in order to phase in the community model. No staff will be made compulsorily redundant during this process and we will support those whose roles are changing in every way we are able to.

There is further work to do to improve how we work with the community and we will continue to work alongside them, our staff and partners to ensure that the next stage of this process is as smooth as possible.  This has been a very controversial and emotive issue and we are sincerely grateful to our staff, the Alliances and our partners for working together to ensure that the plans, that have now been approved, address the health and care needs of these areas and ensure investment in order to deliver them.”