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Cumbrians on their marks

The final preparations are underway for this year's Great Cumbrian Run, which takes place on Sunday.

The half marathon has become a local institution since being set up 32 years ago.

It's expected to attract around 2,000 runners to the city.

Tom Rice, of Carlisle Leisure Limited, is expecting tens of thousands to be raised for charity.

NHS Borders apologise for dying woman's pain

NHS Borders has apologised Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

NHS Borders has apologised after pain relief for a dying woman in the last hours of her life was delayed.

The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman upheld a complaint from the patient's daughter, over care provided at Borders General Hospital.

They've made four recommendations, and have stated the patient, called Mrs A, suffered unnecessarily because staff failed to check her condition despite family members reporting her distress.

It added that drugs could have provided some relief, if they had been administered earlier.


'An awful lot has been swept under the carpet'

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner is looking into how domestic violence and child sexual exploitation are tackled in the region.

Richard Rhodes has already pledged to make addressing the issues a top priority. Now, a report from Cumbria Constabulary says that between March and the end of July this year, eighty-five children and young people were identified as potentially vulnerable.

Cumbria's PCC discusses domestic violence

Richard Rhodes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner is looking into how domestic violence and child exploitation are tackled by various agencies.

Richard Rhodes, who was elected in November 2012, has previously pledged to make tackling domestic violence and child exploitation a top priority. He will now discuss them in more detail with officers from Cumbria Police.

Controversy over West Cumberland Hospital plans

Protestors say their message can't be ignored, after a public meeting about the loss of hospital services in west Cumbria.

Around 4,000 people attended the gathering in Whitehaven last night, and the area's MP Jamie Reed said the huge showing marked a turning point.

Whitehaven is getting a fully functioning new hospital but the protestors are angry that some procedures are being moved to Carlisle, some 40 miles away.

The NHS in Cumbria says it's only being done in a few areas where it's safer for patients.

Tim Backshall was at the meeting.

Health officials: hospital plans will 'save lives'

Health officials say they understand the concerns of the people who demonstrated in west Cumbria last night but say they need to ensure services are safe and save lives.

Around four thousand people went to the town's rugby league ground to question health officials about their plans for the new West Cumberland Hospital, which is nearly finished.

They're worried that some services are being transferred to Carlisle, 40 miles away.

The North Cumbria NHS Trust says only high risk operations have been moved, because of a lack of qualified staff in Whitehaven, and mortality rates have fallen as a result.

Many people raised particular concerns about the future of consultant-led maternity services at the hospital.

But Dr. David Rogers, of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, says the preferred option is to see it remain in Whitehaven.

After the meeting he spoke to our reporter, Tim Backshall.

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