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Campaign group says NHS Cumbria will have huge deficit by 2021

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An investigation by a national campaign group claims the NHS in Cumbria will have a huge deficit by 2021 if no action is taken.

38 degrees say the health and social care system in West, North and East Cumbria will be £163m short of the money it needs to balance its books while maintaining the same level of care for patients.

The deficit in Lancashire and South Cumbria is projected to be £805m. The findings come as health bosses draw up plans to change the way healthcare is delivered.

In West, North and East Cumbria, the STP refers to "reconfiguration of all of the services ... including for acute and community hospital services, maternity services and mental health services".

By 2021, the NHS in the region is projected to be £163.8 million short of the funds it needs to balance its books while maintaining the same kind of care for patients.

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Dumfries meningitis campaigner welcomes new research

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Meningitis vaccine campaigners have welcomed new research which could help to diagnose the infection in minutes.

Michael Pattie from Dumfries, who lost his son to meningitis, says the pin-prick test is an "exciting new development".

Mr Pattie has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for meningitis research and was the Meningitis Research Foundation's first Scottish ambassador.

Cumbrian consultant receives prestigious fellowship

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A medicine and rehabilitation consultant for North Cumbria University Hospitals, has received a prestigious fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians.

Mr Yogen Jagatsinh accepted the fellowship following endorsements from his colleagues recognising his contribution to the profession.

Fellowships are offered on an exclusive basis to physicians who have demonstrated that they go above and beyond their call of duty.

Mr Jagatsinh attended a fellowship admission ceremony in London to celebrate his achievement and collect his fellowship diploma.

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Dummy protest over potential maternity cuts

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A campaign group is hanging children's dummies in public places around Whitehaven to protest about possible cuts to maternity services in west Cumbria.

Several options are currently being considered for the future of the West Cumberland Hospital including transferring some maternity services to Carlisle.

The hospital previously removed the dummies and said they will continue to do so.

Dumfries set for 999 Highland Games

Organisers of the 999 Highland Games in Dumfries are hoping the inclement weather won't put people off attending.

The games are being attended by paramedics, firefighters and police officers from all over Scotland to raise money for Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes and Clic Sergeant.

Participants will compete in a number of different games ranging from tossing the caber to tug-of-war.

The first event gets underway at Park Farm at 12 noon.

Allerdale Council has 'no confidence' that the NHS Success Regime will fix 'fundamental problems'

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Allerdale Council have passed a motion criticising the Success Regime that is currently scrutinising hospitals in Cumbria.

The government's Success Regime was set up to improve healthcare in west, north and east Cumbria, following serious problems with the NHS Trusts running services in the region.

However, Allerdale Council have said they have 'no confidence' in the proposals put forward by the Regime:

This Council views with extreme concern the emerging proposals contained in the Success Regime documentation and we have no confidence that the Success Regime Board will address the fundamental problems in health care provision that we have in Allerdale and West Cumbria.

This Council calls upon the Department for Health and Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt to begin a root and branch investigation detailing the impact of each option that the Success Regime are considering. The consultation documents must include the impact on the wellbeing of local people and the local infrastructure before being published on the 5th September 2016.

– Allerdale Borough Council motion

Cumbria recruiting for more blood donors

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The number of blood donors in Cumbria and across the rest of England, has dropped by a quarter in ten years.

The NHS Blood and Transplant service has launched a campaign for new blood donors to ensure donation will continue in future.

We do need to recruit. There's been a big reduction in the number of donors that's coming through over the last ten years. So we are looking with this new campaign, 'Missing Type', to recruit 200,000 new blood donors."

– Sharon Donald, Senior Sister, Cumbria Blood Donation Team
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