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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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200 metre ribbon wrapped around Carlisle Cathedral

It's hoped the bow will encourage more people to talk about organ donation Credit: fleshandblood campaign/Stuart Walker

A giant bow has been hung around Carlisle Cathedral to celebrate organ donation.

It marks the start of national transplant week.

The ribbon measures 200 metres long and is 2.5 metres high and took four hours to install by a team of seven people.

Organisers are hoping the event will encourage people to come forward and join the register.

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