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Progress for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

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Progress has been made to improve the safety and quality of care at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, according to the results of a staff survey published this week.

Although the Trust remains amongst the lowest 20% of acute NHS organisations nationally, the Trust claims the results show that there have been small improvements in many areas. It was ranked above average when compared to other acute NHS trusts for staff receiving equality and diversity, and health and safety training.

The Trust maintains that while the results are pleasing, it knows there is more work to be done.

"The past year has continued to be challenging as we remain in special measures but I am proud to see that despite this, our staff are motivated to implement our improvements and go the extra mile for our patients.

"Although these results are a step in the right direction for the Trust again this year, we are under no illusions an know that we still have a lot of work to do and progress to make which we believe we can achieve."

– Gail Naylor, director of nursing and midwifery at the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

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'Significant improvements' needed at Galloway Community Hospital

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NHS Dumfries and Galloway has been told it must make "significant improvements" at Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland first raised concerns about patient care and safety after an inspection in November. It's now carried out a follow up inspection and says it's failed to find significant improvements.

Concerns include a lack of support and leadership from senior management. Local MP Russell Brown says the report is "utterly damning".

The hospital first opened in September 2006, replacing both the Dalrymple Hospital and the Garrick Hospital. Twenty-six areas have been identified for improvement.

'Outstanding' GP surgery in Wigton

The Wigton Group Medical Practice received a rating of 'outstanding' from the CQC Credit: ITV Border

A GP surgery in West Cumbria has become the first in the county to receive a rating of "outstanding" from the Care Quality Commission.

The Wigton Group Medical Practice received the highest possible rating following an inspection last november.

It is the tenth practice in the country to achieve the rating.

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'No hidden agenda' in NHS Borders review

A petition against the closure of four community hospitals in the Borders gained more than 4,000 signatures Credit: ITV Border

NHS Borders has said it has no plans to close hospitals, and has no "hidden agenda" after it approved an 18-month review of its services.

A petition against any move to shut four sites in Peoples, Duns, Hawick and Kelso has gathered more than 4,000 signatures.

Spending on temporary doctors more than doubles

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Hospitals in North Cumbria will spend an estimated £16.5 million on temporary doctors this year, which is £10 million more than three years ago.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust says it has been open and honest about the recruitment challenges it is faced with.

A spokeswoman for the Trust insisted the spending is an "entirely necessary measure" but local MP Jamie Reed says it's unacceptable.

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