New Kendal hospital backing urged by MP

The Government has been urged to support calls for a new hospital near Kendal in the wake of the financial crisis at the Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron asked if a new hospital south of Kendal would receive political and financial backing.

Health Minister Dan Poulter said any decision should be taken locally.

The trust which runs hospitals in Barrow, Kendal and Lancaster has to make £30m of savings from its budget.

It was also at the centre of a scandal after claims of a "cover up" over the death through neglect of a number of babies and mothers.

In the Commons, Mr Farron said: "One of the options put forward by clinicians is that a new acute hub hospital should be created south of Kendal to improve safety, access and financial efficiencies."

The Health Minister Dan Poulter said: "This is a matter for local commissioners to decide and not for Whitehall to impose solutions on local commissioners. It is a matter for them."

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