Welcome to the Healthcare for the Future consultation website.

Welcome to the Healthcare for the Future consultation website.

The Healthcare for the Future public consultation ran from 26 September 2016 through to 19th December 2016.  The consultation is now closed.

The NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body made a series of decisions following the Healthcare for the Future consultation. For more information and updates about those decisions, please click here.

An independent analysis report on all of the consultation feedback received has been published and work is being undertaken to assess any alternative options suggested during the consultation.

The consultation covered possible changes to maternity services, children’s inpatient services, community hospital inpatient beds, emergency & acute care, stroke services and emergency surgery & trauma services.  You can still read the full consultation document on this website.

The background to the consultation is as follows.

The health and social care system in West, North and East Cumbria faces a number of challenges:

  • Overall the health of our local population is not as good as in other parts of the country.
  • Locally the NHS finds it very difficult to attract the doctors, nurses, paramedics and other staff that are needed to deliver services.
  • Some people are admitted to hospital, or stay too long in hospital, when they should have received care at home or in the community.
  • The NHS in this area has significantly overspent its budget over a number of years.
  • The Care Quality Commission, which inspects and regulates health and social care services, has declared some of our services to be either inadequate or in need of improvement.

We can address these challenges and ensure a bright and vibrant future for services delivered in this area. In order to ensure this, we need health and social care services that work together more effectively, we need to live within our budget and we need to develop safe, quality services which attract the necessary staff.

We also need to make some changes to the way services are delivered now. If we fail to make these changes we will not be able to maintain decent services into the future. This is what we mean when we say our health and care services need to be “sustainable”.

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