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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.
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.
To save money the North West Ambulance Service intends to reduce the number of ambulances covering Carlisle overnight from three to two.
Over a thousand people signed a petition against it and while many of you contacted us on social media to vent your anger at the plans.
In an interview with Lookaround's Paul Crone, the North West Ambulance Service defended their position.
Firefighters rescued man who was trapped in his car following a crash.
They were called to assist the ambulance crew at a crash on Annan Road in Gretna, at about 4:50pm, yesterday, Wednesday 21 May.
Hydraulic cutting equipment was used to remove the roof of the car and release the man.
He and a second man were taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service say the rescue was a joint effort of all services.
Plans to reduce night-time ambulance cover in Carlisle and Penrith have got a big response from our viewers on social media.
ITV Border asked Derek Cartwright, head of North West Ambulance Service, about the decision. He says it hasn't been taken lightly, and that patients won't suffer.
More than 1,300 people have signed a petition to prevent Carlisle's night-time ambulance cover being cut by a third. The planned changes would also see Penrith's cover reduced.
Officials say quality of care wouldn't be affected but the Health union claims the changes would affect response times.
Katie Hunter has this report:
Michel Johnston has type 1 diabetes. He's a kidney transplant patient and has no doubt that an ambulance saved his life.
Last September he had fallen into a diabetic coma after going to bed. He was found by a friend who rang 999 for an ambulance, which arrived minutes later.
Bosses at the North West Ambulance Service say that cuts to the ambulance cover in Carlisle will not affect the level of care.
The NWAS - which serves Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire as well as Cumbria - needs to save £13.8m in this financial year.
This equates to £6m from Corporate services, £6m from emergency services (with £2.1m coming from the frontline) and £1m from patient transport services.
Bosses plan to reduce the number of ambulances in Carlisle from three to two in the evenings and Penrith would lose a Rapid Response Vehicle between 2am and 7am.
Michael Oliver, UNISON
A protest's been going on in Cumbria today against cuts to the ambulance service.
The North West Ambulance Service wants to reduce the number of ambulances on duty in Carlisle at night from three to two. Penrith would lose a Rapid Response Vehicle between 2am and 7am.
The local UNISON branch is organising a petition in Carlisle to get the cuts reversed as they believe that it would have an impact on response times and front line services. But ambulance bosses say quality of care wouldn't be affected.