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Support system in place for staff in Cumbria

North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust has a new system of support in place for staff. Credit: PA

The chairman of a review into the treatment of NHS whistleblowers has said that some members of staff are too "afraid" to speak out.

North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust has a new system of support in place for staff.

The Trust announced the introduction of Schwartz Rounds, which involves confidential meetings where staff from all backgrounds can discuss the challenges of their jobs.

While not directly related to whistleblowing, the Trust says the new system is clear signal that staff will be supported when voicing their opinions.

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'Shocking stories' heard by NHS whistleblower review

The chairman of a review into the treatment of NHS whistleblowers said he had heard "shocking stories" about staff too afraid to speak out and who felt suicidal after their concerns were ignored.

Sir Robert Francis QC chaired the review into the NHS whistleblowers. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Sir Robert Francis QC said he heard "time and time again" from NHS staff who were "bullied" after raising concerns about poor patient care.

Sir Robert told the BBC before the review's publication, "I've heard some frankly shocking stories about [staff] whose health has suffered, and in rare cases who've felt suicidal as a result of their perception of them being ignored or worse."

New technology for NHS Trust in Cumbria

"Having this new technology, and the mobile technology that will be part of the system, will mean that wherever we are in Cumbria, whether we are in a community hospital or a patient's home or a clinic setting we will have access to the very latest, up to date information about that patients health, right at our fingertips, and we have never had that before. So it makes a difference to the patient, we have the most up to date prescriptions, assessment results that may have been done by colleagues, test results, right there when we see the patient when we need them."

– Mary Kiddy, Cumbria Partnership Trust

NHS Trust to invest in new technology

The Trust that runs the NHS in Cumbria has invested £10 million in new technology.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust hope the investment will lead to savings of £30 million in the future.

It will allow health providers to access patient information quickly. The Trust hope the new infrastructure will improve patient care.

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Full report: Health staff strike over pay

Health staff across Cumbria have taken part in a strike over pay. Planned operations were postponed and clinics cancelled as workers from several unions walked out for four hours this morning.

It was part of an England-wide day of action. The UK government says it can't afford to give all staff the 1 per cent pay rise they're calling for. Katie Hunter reports:

NHS staff protest over pay dispute

Health staff outside the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle join national strike. Credit: ITV Border
Staff including nurses, midwifes and radiographers, walked out for 4 hours in another protest over pay. Credit: ITV Border

Health workers across Cumbria staged a fresh round of industrial action this morning in an ongoing bitter row over pay.

The Society of Radiographers joined 10 other unions to protest at the government's decision not to accept a recommended one percent pay rise for all NHS workers. According to the society, this is the first year since 1982 that radiographers have gone on strike over pay.

The Government says it can't afford the pay rise without risking jobs.

"It's since 2008 that we haven't had an increase in pay, apart from our incremental pay rises as you progress through your career. We don't have anywhere else to work - the NHS is the sole provider, really, of jobs for radiographers. Jobs in the private sector are almost negligible unless you want to go and work for agencies, so we can't go and find a better paid job elsewhere, we have to work for the NHS. "

– Bernice Nicoll, Deputy Principal Radiographer, Cumberland Infirmary

NHS staff strike over pay

Workers have walked out on strike, in protest at the Government's decision not to give them a recommended 1\% pay rise Credit: PA

Health workers across Cumbria will stage a fresh round of industrial action this morning in an ongoing bitter row over pay.

Staff including nurses, midwifes and radiographers, will walk out for 4 hours in another protest at the government's decision not to accept a recommended one percent pay rise for all NHS workers.

North Cumbria Trust’s finances highlighted in ‘deeply alarming’ report

Among the struggling trusts to be bailed out in 2013/14, North Cumbria University Hospitals received the highest total of £42 million. Credit: PA

A struggling Cumbrian NHS Trust has been bailed out with £42million, according to a report out today by the National Audit Office.

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust received the highest total out of 46 NHS bodies in England during 2013/14.

The money was given to cash-strapped NHS trusts and foundations, including North Cumbria, to help them overcome their deficit.

Read: Government ploughed 'over half a billion' into cash-strapped NHS Trusts.

Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee, said the "deeply alarming report" showed the future sustainability of the NHS was at risk.

"This is a deeply alarming report. I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that the future sustainability of our National Health Service is at risk.

The gross deficit of NHS and foundation trusts is up by an extraordinary 150%.

Some trusts are only getting by on handouts."

– Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee
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