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Hunt: NHS 'will be ready' to cope with junior doctors strike

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt Credit: PA

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the NHS "will be ready" to cope with Tuesday's strike by junior doctors over a dispute about pay and contracts.

When asked if anything could be done to stop the action, Mr Hunt replied, "I wish we could", as he left his home on Monday.

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'Junior doctors are crucial - we need this resolved'

Anne Rainsberry speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. Credit: Good Morning Britain

Speaking to Good Morning Britain about today's junior doctors' strike, Anne Rainsberry, the NHS England regional director for London, said:

Junior doctors are an absolutely critical part of the NHS workforce - a very valued part.

I think we all hope in the coming days after this action it will be possible to resolve their concerns.

– Anne Rainsberry

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Figures show high numbers of North West children are overweight

The figures suggest more than a third of 10 to 11 year olds in North West England are overweight or obese. Credit: PA

Figures out this morning suggest that more than a third of 10 to 11 year olds in North West England are overweight or obese.

Just under a quarter of 4 to 5 year olds are also overweight.

A campaign called Change 4 Life is being launched today, encouraging children to reduce their intake of sugar.

West Cumberland Hospital debate in Parliament

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The continuing controversy surrounding services at West Cumberland Hospital has been raised in Parliament.

The MP for Copeland, Jamie Reid, opened a debate on access to health services in West Cumbria.

Health campaigners are worried that some services there could be reduced in the future. He said:

Longstanding concerns at West Cumberland Hospital are well known, but the events of the last week have shown the sheer folly of moving services from the West Cumberland Hospital to Carlisle… The recent disruption has now proved the case for retaining services at West Cumberland Hospital beyond doubt and the Trust must acknowledge this.

The attitude on display from the Trust, whether it is deliberate or not, has meant that many in the local community simply do not believe anything it says. Its lack of willingness to engage with the public who use and rely on these services means that many feel disconnected from a key service, the key service, in their community.

– Jamie Reid

Report upholds two complaints against NHS Borders

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A report was laid before parliament today that upheld two complaints against NHS Borders.

The complaints pertained to the care and treatment of patient in the Borders General Hospital on two occasions, between March and June 2014.

NHS have fully accepted the findings int he report, and have previously apologised.

An official investigation found that the patient received such poor care at the hospital near Melrose that he discharged himself and died at home three days later.

His partner, Mrs C, complained that while he was in the medical assessment unit his bedside oxygen equipment did not work.

She said he was not given adequate pain relief or his own medication and he was shown a lack of compassion by nursing staff.

The ombudsman upheld the complaint, adding that Mr A, who had lung cancer, was in pain "for considerable periods".

Responding to the publication of the SPSO report, Jane Davidson, Chief Executive said:

I would like to publicly apologise on behalf of NHS Borders to Mrs C and her family for what has happened and our failings in this case. I recognise that our standards of care to our patient and to the family fell short and accept the report from the Ombudsman; we are taking the recommendations very seriously.

– Jane Davidson, Chief Executive
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