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Mortality rates down at North Cumbria hospitals

Changes at North Cumbrian hospitals are saving lives, according to North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Two years ago the Trust was recorded as having one of the highest mortality rates in England, and in 2013 it was visited by a review team who suggested a number of changes.

But since then, it says mortality rates at North Cumbrian hospitals have dropped. The most drastic reductions have been for people suffering from life threatening heart problems, who are now treated at the Heart Centre in Carlisle, as well as patients with broken hips.

"Our teams have been through a lot of change in the past 18 months but it is down to their sheer dedication and commitment to make things better for our patients that we have not only saved more lives but also given patients a better chance of making a fuller recovery and going on to live longer and healthier lives. This is something that each and every member of staff should be very proud of.

"We are under no illusions, however, that there is still a long way for us to go on our improvement journey.

"Our priority, quite understandably, was to focus first and foremost on fixing the very immediate problems related to mortality, but we still have much further to go to make the experience of care for our patients as good, if not better, than the best of the NHS."

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director

'I WON'T Survive': West Cumberland Hospital protest video

Adrian Davis-Johnston was born at West Cumberland Hospital. Credit: ITV Border

'I Won't Survive' is the message from a man from Great Broughton, who's concerned about some services at West Cumberland Hospital being downgraded.

Adrian Davis-Johnston's performed a parody of Gloria Gaynor's 1970s hit 'I Will Survive'.

It's already got nearly 3,000 views.

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Radiographers strike over pay

Radiographers use x-rays to examine patients. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Radiographers at hospitals across the region are due to go on strike today for the first time in more than 30 years, in a dispute over pay.

They'll stop work for four hours and carry out further industrial action for the rest of the week.

It comes a week after other members of the NHS went out on strike over the same issue.

Cumberland Infirmary walked out at 9 o'clock this morning for four hours Credit: ITV News Border

Health summit in West Cumbria

A health summit has taken place in Allerdale to address concerns regarding health provisions in West Cumbria.

Representatives from a whole range of health organisations and businesses attended the meeting at Lakes College in Workington.

The leader of Allerdale Borough Council Alan Smith says he is dedicated to pushing this through to keep services in West Cumbria.

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Hundreds of thousands of views for Chloe Kacedan's video

Chloe Kacedan from Lochmaben says she had no idea the video would be seen all over the world and hopes it inspires other suffers.

"This is a video I made in the hope that it'll help people to open up about Mental Illness and feel less ashamed or embarrassed to talk about it. I know it's no cure, but if it helps at least one person then it has done it's job. Stop the stigma surrounding Mental Illness and raise awareness. If you would like to ... then please share"

– Chloe Kacedan

New questions over maternity services in Whitehaven

ITV Border has learnt that managers at the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust have made internal proposals to downgrade maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital. Until now health bosses were expected to wait until the results of an external review in November before making plans.

The local MP Jamie Reed says maternity services must continue to be led by consultants. The trust acknowledges it has had initial discussions about a range of options. Katie Hunter reports.

NHS strike continues across Cumbria

Health unions continue strikes across Cumbria Credit: ITV News Border

Some Cumbrian NHS staff are beginning the first of four days of working to rule following yesterday's strike.

Nurses and midwives are among those taking part in the protest over pay.

The unions want all NHS staff to receive a 1% pay award but the government says they can't afford it.

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