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Royal College of Nursing praises trust's front-line staff

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has praised the front-line staff at the troubled North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have released a report today outlining into the organisation, which runs Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland hospital in Whitehaven.

It says the Trust needs to make more that it is providing a caring service to patients, something the RCN agrees with.

“It is great to see that the CQC are recognising all the hard work that front-line staff have delivered to try to turn around the trust. It is certainly true that Cumbria’s front-line nurses and health care assistants are incredibly dedicated and hard-working, and they are committed to delivering the highest quality care, day and night.

“However, we note that the CQC are recommending that the trust stays in special measures. As the CQC has said, trust management still have a long way to go before they can be said to have resolved the ongoing problems at the trust."

– Glenn Turp, regional director of the RCN Northern Region

Trust's Medical Director 'shares' staff's 'disappointment'

The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust requires improvement, and should remain in special measures, according to the body which regulates healthcare in England.

The Care Quality Commission has released a report into the organisation which runs Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland hospital in Whitehaven.

The report says while improvements have been made in several areas, it's not enough to be freed from special measures.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director of the North Cumbria University Hospitals spoke to ITV Border about the report:

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Trust staff 'under no illusions' of work still to be done

"I am immensely proud of our staff who have been recognised by the CQC for the care and compassion they show our patients every single day in very challenging circumstances.

“We are also very pleased to see many examples of good services within the CQC report and of course welcome the extra scrutiny on where further improvements still need to be made right across our organisation so that the Trust can be taken out of special measures.

“We are under no illusions on the work that still needs to be done..."

– Ann Farrar, Chief Executive of orth Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Hospital trust praised for 'compassionate' staff

Some improvements have been made by the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust Credit: ITV News Border

A report published today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has praised the hardworking, caring and compassionate staff working across North Cumbria’s hospitals.

The report follows the recent Chief Inspector of Hospitals visit to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and the midwifery-led birthing service at Penrith Community Hospital.

Overall, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has been rated by the CQC as ‘requires improvement’, however every single service inspected by the CQC was rated ‘good’ for providing a caring service to patients.

North Cumbria will be re-inspected by the CQC in the next few months to ensure that improvements continue to be made, that credible plans are in place to address the key issued identified in the CQC report and with a view to the Trust coming out of special measures.

Trust improving but still in special measures

The troubled North Cumbria Hospitals Trusts requires improvement, and should remain in special measures.

That's according to the Care Quality Commission which has released its latest report into the organisation, which runs Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland hospital in Whitehaven.

The report says that whilst improvements have been made in several areas, there's not been enough progress to get out of special measures.

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Ambulance cuts "on hold" till next year

Plans to cut night-time ambulance provision in Carlisle by a third have been scrapped till next year.

The North West Ambulance Service has confirmed that sweeping cuts across the North West of England - including the cuts in Carlisle - will not now go ahead as planned.

The NWAS says it has been granted an extra £6 million till April 2015.

The extra cash is coming from the Clinical Commissioning Group that controls its financial settlement.

But the NWAS can't guarantee that the same cuts won't be put back on the table by this time next year.

A petition of 11,000 people has been collected by ambulance staff against plans to reduce the number of ambulances covering the area around Carlisle in the nighttime from three to two.

This is a one off payment which will maintain resources at their current levels throughout the winter.

But we can't say this will be perminant. It's not a U-turn because we could well have to go through the same thing next year."

– Spokesperson, NWAS

Petition against ambulance cuts handed in at Downing Street

Petition handed in to No 10
Tracey Morris, UNISON; Lee Sherriff, Labour parliamentary candidate; Mike Oliver, UNISON, handing in 11,000 petition at Downing Street. Credit: ITV Border

A 11,00-signature petition against ambulance service cuts in Carlisle has been handed in at Downing Street.

The petition was collected by UNISON and other protesters who are against plans by the North West Ambulance Service to cut night time cover in the city by a third.

The North West Ambulance Service has previously said that it is looking again at the planned cuts but that it has to make savings worth millions of pounds to front line services.

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