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Over 2000 people sign A&E petition in two weeks! Farron thanks local residents for 'overwhelming' support

January 25, 2013 10:17 AM

Tim and the Lib Dems at WGHSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has thanked local residents for their 'overwhelming' support for the campaign to bring Accident & Emergency services back to Westmorland General Hospital. Over 2000 local residents have signed the petition in the last two weeks.

The current total of petition signatories is 2456 and dozens more are coming back every day. Tim is keen to make sure the public are heard and that A&E and acute services are brought back to Westmorland GeneralHospital.

A two year long plan to restructure health services in South Cumbria and North Lancashire is on the brink of being launched by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust. Much of the power and funds to move or commission services are now held by GP's, so Tim wrote to local GP's before Christmas to find out their thoughts.

The petition is still available online and can be signed here: http://timfarron.co.uk/en/petition/bring-back-acute-services-to-kendal

Tim said: "The continuing support from the public is overwhelming and I think it proves how important the return of these services is to local people.

"I think it is a fantastic testimony to the strength of our case. Ever since acute services were moved to Lancaster and Barrow, local residents have contacted me with concerns and horror stories. Although the new management team have improved things, long waits and congestion at Lancaster hospital are still a fact of life. We have a real chance to make our voice heard so I hope as many people as possible join our campaign and sign the petition."