Protest held over hospital bed closures
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Cumbria cottage hospitals: Protest held over closure fears

There are fears a shortage of staff could force the closure of two of Cumbria's smaller hospitals.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said it was facing "severe challenges" due to vacancies, annual leave and sickness and said the situation was "fragile".

A protest was held outside Maryport's Victoria Cottage Hospital and a campaign to keep it open has attracted 7,000 signatures.

Organisers said it was a silent demonstration as it "expresses how the people of Maryport have had no input on the issue".

  • 02 Aug 2016
  • From the section Cumbria