Campaigners in Cumbria took part in a nationwide day of action today in protest over the running and funding of the NHS.
They gathered in Carlisle City centre earlier to share their view that the government is failing to provide the service with enough financial support.
"The conditions the staff are working under are really hard and I think what breaks my heart is that all of the doctors and all of the nurses and all of the other health care staff really care passionately about delivering the best health care service that they can to their patients.
"But they are having their hands tied behind their back at the moment by the lack of funding."
The campaigners accused the government of not providing enough funding for the winter. A claim the Department for Health refuted.
"We know the NHS is extremely busy, which is why the Government supported it this winter with an additional £437million of funding, and why it was given top priority in the recent Budget with an extra £2.8bn allocated over the next two years.
"Despite the extra pressure that comes with winter, the most recently published monthly figures shows hardworking staff treated 55,328 people within four hours every single day - 1,272 more each day than in the same month the previous year.”
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Only a quarter of parents in Cumbria are aware of NHS guidelines concerning healthy packed lunches for their children. The Eatwell guide says a child's lunchbox should:
- be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta).
- include fresh fruit and vegetables/salad.
- include a source of protein such as beans and pulses, eggs, fish, meat, cheese (or dairy alternative).
- include a side dish such as a low-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt (or dairy alternative), tea cake, fruit bread, plain rice/corn cakes, homemade plain popcorn, sugar-free jelly.
- include a drink such as water, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, sugar- free or no-added-sugar drinks.
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Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven have ranked 31st out of 138 Trusts in England for Accident and Emergency performance.
The national standard is that 95% of patients should be seen, treated, admitted or discharged in under four hours. North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust's overall performance was 92.6% in June and 93.2% in July:
I would like to say ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ to our staff. Our continually-improving national ranking is a real testament to the hard work our teams put in day in, day out in order to provide patients at both of our hospital sites with timely access to care."
Following the announced closure of Lochside Dental Clinic, a meeting held by the NHS Board has agreed complete withdrawal of routine NHS General Dental Services at the clinic, including further support for patients to transfer practices.
The meeting held on Monday, 7 August 2017 concluded that until notified otherwise, registered patients should continue to use the clinic for ongoing dental care.
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NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) next Governing Body Meeting and Annual General Meeting is set to take place on Wednesday 2 August in Workington.
The meeting will be held at The Oval Centre, Salterbeck Drive, Salterbeck.
This will come before the Annual General Meeting which will take place in the same location from 1.00pm.
All members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings.
Cumbrian General Practitioners (GPs) have been praised by their patients and rated above the national average for getting access to services.
An NHS England survey found that 97% of patients in North Cumbria had confidence and trust in the GP they were seeing, compared to 95% nationally.