A report which provides an insight into Cumbria’s sex markets and confirms they are far less extensive than in other areas in the country.
A review into midwifery by North Cumbria NHS trust has been criticised by The Royal Colleges of Midwifes and Nursing and UNISON.
More than 600 people may have suffered due to delays in outpatient appointments at Morcambe Bay NHS Trust's hospitals.
There has been a fall in the number of people waiting more than 18 weeks for surgery at North Cumbria's hospitals.
The health trust which runs them says there are now 350 people waiting, compared to 1000 previously.
Around 250 dental patients in Dumfries have been warned of a 'slight risk' that they may have been exposed to HIV, after a former dentist who treated them was found to have the disease.
The former dentist, who has not been named to protect patient confidentiality, treated people in Dumfries over a three year period.
The dentist provided locum Sunday emergency cover at Nithbank Hospital between April 2004 and 2007.
Patients in the NHS Dumfries and Galloway area have been warned as a precaution of "a very slight risk that they might have been exposed to the virus".
A "shocking" local variation in early death rates has been exposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, showing that Cumbria is graded in the "worst" category for premature mortality.
The overall figures show that the north of England has a higher risk of early death than the south.
The Longer Lives is a new Public Health England (PHE) website which allows people to see how their local areas perform on early deaths caused by the four main killers, including cancer and heart disease.
You can view the "health map" here.
Mr Hunt is hoping that the website will improve public awareness on local health issues and help local councils and NHS boards to take action in tackling public health problems.
A traffic light system is used to display what areas are best, better than average, worse than average and worst.
– Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary
“This shocking variation in early and unnecessary deaths means people’s lives are needlessly cut short, and that cannot continue unchecked.
“I want areas to use the data released today to identify local public health challenges like smoking, drinking and obesity and to take action to help achieve our ambition for saving 30,000 lives a year by 2020.
“Being more transparent will also allow professionals and the public to see how their local area is performing over time, allowing them to intervene and make improvements happen.”
A rapid response team is visting north Cumbria's two main hospitals to find out why they have higher than average death rates.
The team will speak to staff and patients ahead of the first of a series of public meetings tonight.
Tim Backshall reports:
Figures obtained by ITV Border have found that the North Cumbria Health Trust spent 8 million pounds in the past year on temporary doctors.
The so called locums are being relied upon because the troubled trust is struggling to recruit experienced doctors.
The Freedom Of Information request also found that one consultant was being paid £158 an hour.
One local MP has branded the figures 'astonishing'.
The trust says it will cut the number of locums used by 50%.
John Bevir has this exclusive report:
Figures obtained exclusively by ITV Border have found that the North Cumbria Health Trust spent £8 million in the past year on temporary doctors.
The Freedom Of Information request also found that one locum consultant was being paid £158 an hour.
Local MP John Stevenson has branded the figures as 'astonishing', but the trust says that recent recruitment issues are now improving.
The MP for Carlisle believes the drawn out merger process with the Northumbria Trust has created the problems:
Figures obtained exclusively by ITV Border have revealed that the troubled North Cumbria NHS Hospital Trust spent £8 million on locum doctors in the past year.
The Freedom Of Information request found that in the past three years 527 of the temporary medical staff have been employed at the hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven.
The highest paid locum consultant was paid £158 an hour.
The figures have been branded as 'astonishing' by West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed, who is also a Labour shadow health minister.
He believes that unless the problem is dealt with swiftly, "it will make the sustainability of services even harder".
In the past three years, the expenditure on locum doctors has varied wildly, with a significant rise in the past year.
North Cumbria NHS Trust expenditure on locum doctors:
2010 – 2011: £5.8 million
2011 – 2012: £4.95 million.
2012 – 2013: £7.96 million
Although total expenditure on locum doctors has risen, the hourly rates have actually fallen.
Highest hourly rates of pay for locum doctors:
2011 - £158.13 – Consultant Dermatologist.
2012 - £143.75 – Consultant Radiologist.
2013 - £112.95 – Consultant Gastro Medicine.
The trust are expected to comment on the figures later today.
Only 35% of staff working at the hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven would recommend the treatment available there.
The NHS national survey of just over 100,000 staff members, found that of 161 NHS trusts in England, the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust came bottom.
The Morecambe Bay Trust, which runs the hospitals in Kendal, Barrow and Lancaster also did badly, with only 49% of staff there recommending the treatment they offered.
In the survey, staff were asked to respond to the statement:
– NHS Staff Survey
“If a friend or relative needed treatment, I would be happy with the standard of care provided by this organisation”
...and had to say whether they strongly agreed, agreed, disagreed, strongly disagreed or had no view.
The figures published in the Daily Telegraph found that nationally, around 60% of NHS staff would recommend the treatment at their hospitals to friends and family.
A twenty a day smoker spends on average £50 a week on their habit, enough to feed a family of four for a week.
This week the Scottish Government is sending experts in breaking nicotine addiction to pharmacies in Borders towns to give free advice.
Stand location details are:
Mon 21st Jan - Morrisons, Mart Street, Hawick
Tues 22nd Jan - Asda Currie Road, Galashiels
A new report has found that the trust which runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven is amongst the worst in the country when it comes to mortality rates for the second year in a row.
The findings have been published by an independent health watchdog, which said patients should be concerned by what they have discovered.