Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland & Lonsdale Tim Farron led a Westminster Hall debate on 23 June on A&E services at Westmorland General.
A decision by the local health trust in 2006 led to the closure of A&E services at Westmorland General Hospital, based in Kendal.
Hospital directors took the decision saying patients would be better served at hospitals in Barrow on Furness and Lancaster.#
In late 2009 a new telephone advice line for paramedics was created to provide advice to ambulance crews over which hospital to take patients to.
However the chief of the NHS trust said that this was not a return to the hospital accepting seriously ill patients.
Following the original closure of the A&E department, Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland & Lonsdale Tim Farron has led a campaign for greater funding for the hospital.