United front in campaign for Kendal radiotherapy unit

Councillors have backed a motion pledging cross-party support for a satellite radiotherapy unit at Kendal’s Westmorland General Hospital.

The successful motion was tabled by Conservative councillor James Airey at last night’s (27 February 2018)  full meeting of South Lakeland District Council and emphasises cross-party support to encourage national decision-makers to secure the new unit for Kendal.

An earlier motion tabled by Liberal Democrat councillors had suggested that South Lakeland District Council only support Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron when backing the new unit.

Councillor James Airey thinks the issue, and the community-led campaign to deliver the new service in Kendal, is too important to be used as a narrow party-political issue.

Welcoming the success of his cross-party motion in tonight’s council meeting, James Airey said: “I’m delighted that the council has agreed to give cross-party support to the campaign for a satellite radiotherapy unit at the Westmorland General Hospital.

“It is wrong that residents of South Lakeland living with cancer have to make exhausting round trips of up to three hours to receive vital radiotherapy and the issue is too important to be used as a party-political campaigning tool.

“In order to influence national decision-makers when they are looking at bids for national NHS investment from different parts of England, we need to make sure as an area that we present a united front.

“The decision by councillors to support pledge cross-party support for the campaign to secure this new unit is a hugely welcome step along that road.”

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