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Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee meeting in Kendal

A Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee meeting is being held at the county offices in Kendal.

Representatives from the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust (UHMBT) said they were trying hard to avoid a repetition of 'the crisis' of staffing, after high levels of sickness, at the special care baby network at the Furness General in Barrow.

At one stage the UHMBT was looking at temporarily moving the unit to Lancaster, but managed to avoid that by receiving help from other organisations.

They now say they want to 'grow their own talent' to improve staffing levels.

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Health boss interviewed

Eric Morton, Interim Chief Executive Credit: Morecambe Bay Hospital Trust

The new health boss of the Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust will give his first interviews today. Eric Morton was brought in following the resignation of the previous chief executive Tony Halsall after a catalogue of concerns involving three hospitals used by south Cumbrian patients.

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