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Demonstration held against NHS privatisation

A demonstration has been held in Peebles to oppose any privatisation of the NHS.

The protestors believe that a trade deal between Europe and the United States could open the way for US companies to become involved in the British health service.

Demonstrations are being held across the country. The Government and the EU say that the deal won't lead to privatisation but protestors remain unconvinced.

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New umbrella device to reduce stroke risk

It's something that affects thousands of people every year and now patients in our region will be among the first in the country to benefit from a new treatment to reduce the risk of strokes.

It's a small device implanted into the heart to stop blood clots.

Stan Rogers from Brampton in Cumbria is one of the first people in the country to benefit from the treatment, which is an alternative to blood thinning drugs. Lucy Taylor reports.

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Breast screening unit safe but requires improvement

An investigation into the North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Programme has highlighted "serious concerns" in relation to the management, working relations and audit culture.

The review concluded the service is safe but there must be a "significant review of processes" to ensure it stays that way.

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust says it welcomes the report and will implement all of its findings. Katie Hunter has more:

North Cumbria Trust’s finances highlighted in ‘deeply alarming’ report

Among the struggling trusts to be bailed out in 2013/14, North Cumbria University Hospitals received the highest total of £42 million. Credit: PA

A struggling Cumbrian NHS Trust has been bailed out with £42million, according to a report out today by the National Audit Office.

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust received the highest total out of 46 NHS bodies in England during 2013/14.

The money was given to cash-strapped NHS trusts and foundations, including North Cumbria, to help them overcome their deficit.

Read: Government ploughed 'over half a billion' into cash-strapped NHS Trusts.

Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee, said the "deeply alarming report" showed the future sustainability of the NHS was at risk.

"This is a deeply alarming report. I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that the future sustainability of our National Health Service is at risk.

The gross deficit of NHS and foundation trusts is up by an extraordinary 150%.

Some trusts are only getting by on handouts."

– Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee
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