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Report into Cumbria maternity services due

Maternity services are under the spotlight.

A report on the future of maternity services across Cumbria is due to be published this morning.

The trust which runs the West Cumberland Hospital has previously outlined various options including centralising a consultant-led maternity unit in Carlisle.

The report has been written by independent experts.

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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