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NHS Trust 'understands why judgement has been made'

A health watchdog says North Cumbria's two biggest hospitals haven't made enough progress to be taken out of special measures.

The Care Quality Commission has rated the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital as requiring improvement.

The CQC praised staff for providing a caring service but said there are underlying problems:

Clearly we remain in special measures, and we are disappointed by that, particularly because we know the really strenuous efforts that our staff make to deliver good care.

But we absolutely understand why that judgement has been made, because we still have some really deep-rooted, long standing challenges.

And until we resolve those, we'll remain in special measures."

– Gail Naylor, executive director of nursing & midwifery at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

'Significant concerns' about staffing at Cumbrian hospitals

The Cumberland Infirmary is one of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's NHS Clinical Commissioning Group has welcomed improvements in the performance of North and West Cumbrian hospitals, detailed after a CQC inspection.

But it says concerns around staffing at the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital are ongoing:

We’re pleased to see an overall improvement from the previous inspection – especially around the availability of records for outpatient appointments, surgical services and the care of children and young people.

It’s also encouraging to see the Trust has maintained its good rating around caring and critical care. This reflects the hard work of all the staff at the Trust.

However, we note the ongoing significant concerns about acute medical staffing, particularly around the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and there is still a lot of work to do around the access targets.”

– David Rogers, Medical Director at NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

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Hospital improvements made

Bosses at a south Lakes hospital trust which has been criticised by a health watchdog says work's underway to make improvements.

The Care Quality Commission identifed a series of failingsat the Royal Lancaster Infirmary's casualty department.

That's where many people in the south Lakes recieve emergency care.

Last week the chief executive of the Trust resigned.

Its interim chairman says works underway to improve emergency care and reduce a backlog in outpatient follow-up appointments.