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   Healthcare for the future Newsletter from NHS Cumbria    11 October, 2016

I said that throughout my career in the NHS I have had to deal with a number of difficult and challenging issues but the issues we face in West, North and East Cumbria are the toughest I have ever faced.

I sense there is a strong feeling locally that in recent years, there has been a lot of talk but not enough action. Our focus now is upon action. The Healthcare for the Future consultation document – available on the consultation website at www.wnecumbria.nhs.uk - explains how some services could change in our communities and in our hospitals and it offers a number options for change.

I would urge everybody in West, North and East Cumbria to read the consultation document and to complete the consultation questionnaire. We need to hear your views.

NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group has the legal responsibility for undertaking this consultation which will run until just before Christmas. In the spring of 2017 the NHS will consider the consultation responses and the Governing Body of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group – deliberating in partnership with other local NHS organisations and the NHS Northern England Clinical Senate - will then take a number of decisions on the matters detailed in the consultation document. The decision making process will be assured by NHS England.

Finally, and disappointingly, I have to report that during the first few days of the Healthcare for the Future public consultation some vile and unacceptable online abuse, including racial abuse, was directed towards one of our local clinical consultants. I abhor and condemn all hate crime including written and verbal abuse. I particularly deplore racial abuse. The matter has now been reported to the police and formally recorded as a hate incident.

I hope you will join with me in condemning all such abusive comments and ensuring that over the coming weeks and months the debate about the future of health services in West, North and East Cumbria is conducted in a civilised manner and with respect for everyone whatever their views

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