"Staffing levels is a key issue in North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust. This is shown by the reports published by the Care Quality Commission and the more recent Keogh Review.
"I am glad that the Trust is reacting quickly to the key points in the Keogh review and ensuring that there are safe levels of staffing is critical to improving care in our area.
"I wrote to Jeremy Hunt about staffing levels at the Trust last month and I have still not received a response. Ensuring safe staffing levels was a key recommendation in the Francis Report published in February and there has been no action from the Government, despite repeated calls to implement it from Labour.
"It is unacceptable and I’m glad that North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust is taking the lead on this issue.”
– Jamie Reed, Copeland MP and Shadow Health Minister
Two Labour peers from the region have been suspended from the party after being accused of agreeing to carry out parliamentary work for money.
Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate, a former Chief Superintendent with Durham Police and Lord Cunningham, the former Copeland MP who was a minister under Tony Blair, were among three peers filmed by undercover reporters appearing to offer to help a fake solar energy company.
Lord Mackenzie insisted today he had done nothing wrong and had obeyed the rules.
This is the big white van that will be touring Copeland giving youngsters somewhere to go during the summer holidays. It is equipped with computers, games, a flat screen TV; moveable tables and chairs; space for mountain bikes; and study space.
There are also youth works on hand to offer advice.
A roaming youth club in the form of a bus is touring west Cumbria to give teenagers something to do in the summer holidays.
The bus is equipped with computer games, mountain bikes and books.
It stops off at different parts of Copeland in evenings and weekends during term time and throughout the school holidays. It's called the 'Big White Van' and is run by Young Cumbria and manned by qualified youth counsellors who can give advice and assistance to youngsters.
It was introduced by Copeland after a similar scheme in Allerdale was successful.
A survey in the Copeland area found that 86% of young people wanted one of the vans in their area.
"The aim of the vans is to try to address the problem of the lack of youth services in West Cumbria and issues such as boredom and antisocial behaviour among young people."