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Junior doctors set to strike in Cumbria

Junior doctors are carrying out their first all-out strike. Credit: PA

Junior doctors in Cumbria are taking part in two days of strike action from 8am this morning.

It's part of a national dispute over pay and conditions, and the imposition of a new contract.

Hospital management in North and West Cumbria say no operations have been cancelled but more than eighty outpatient appointments have been postponed.

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BMA chief defends junior doctors' strike action

The head of the BMA has defended the decision for junior doctors to go ahead with a two-day strike over the imposition of a new contract, saying the government "utterly refuses to listen to the concerns of junior doctors".

Dr Mark Porter said as long as the government planned to impose the disputed contract, "industrial action will have to be mounted".

He also reiterated that there will be a full emergency service in place while strike action takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Strike 'could lead to greater disruption' in Cumbria

Junior doctors are carrying out an all-out strike. Credit: PA

A two-day strike by junior doctors "could lead to greater disruption than previous strikes", according to Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.

Unlike during previous periods of industrial action we know that emergency cover is being withdrawn. Our Trusts have had to increase cover by increasing consultants and other NHS staff during this time.

It could lead to greater disruption for planned operations and outpatient appointments than we have seen in previous strikes.

– Dr David Rogers, Medical Director for NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

Cumbrian nurses nominated for national award

Some of the team nominated for the Health Service Journal Award Credit: NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

A group of Cumbrian nurses has been nominated for a national award.

The Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC) has been shortlisted in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards for Training and Development.

It's a training programme that brings together nurses from hospitals, care homes and the community.

The team will find out if they are award winners in Manchester on 24 May.

Lead Clinical Nurse Educator Suzanne Beaty from the CLIC team said:

I am absolutely delighted that Cumbria has been nominated for a HSJ Training and Development Award. A lot of people have worked very hard on this project and I think people have really got a great deal out of this clinical skills training programme.”

– Lead Clinical Nurse Educator Suzanne Beaty

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Poll: should junior doctors stage all-out strike?

Junior doctors are about to stage the first ever all-out strike in the history of the NHS, meaning they will walk out of accident and emergency units for the first time.

It's part of a dispute over the imposition of a new contract, which the British Medical Association says would jeopardise patient safety.

Do you agree with the junior doctors taking all-out strike action?

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'Join our fight' - say hospital campaigners

The new West Cumberland Hospital. Credit: ITV News

Hospital campaigners in West Cumbria are holding another public event today in a bid to save local services.

The STOP! meeting aims to give local people a say over options being put forward by health bosses – which could see more services lost from the refurbished West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The views will be collated and presented to chiefs at the Success Regime, the body leading efforts to transform healthcare in the area.

Although not yet formal proposals, ideas being considered include moving consultant-led maternity services, overnight children’s ward cover and more urgent care services, such as stroke, to Carlisle.

The Success Regime is currently carrying out its own exercise, holding public meetings across the area.

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