PRIME Minister Theresa May has praised the decision to save maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital.

She was speaking in the House of Commons, during Prime Minister's Questions today.

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison asked Mrs May to join her in commending the hard work and dedication of West Cumberland Hospital staff, the hospitals trust, the Working Together Group and wider community.

Mrs May said: “We welcome the Clinical Commissioning Group’s decision to retain those consultant-led services in west Cumbria.

“Better Births established that personalised care means safer care and greater choice should be made available to women. They should be allowed to make decisions about the support they need and where they prefer to give birth. I think that this is a good decision that has been taken.”