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'Significant concerns' about staffing at Cumbrian hospitals

The Cumberland Infirmary is one of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's NHS Clinical Commissioning Group has welcomed improvements in the performance of North and West Cumbrian hospitals, detailed after a CQC inspection.

But it says concerns around staffing at the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital are ongoing:

We’re pleased to see an overall improvement from the previous inspection – especially around the availability of records for outpatient appointments, surgical services and the care of children and young people.

It’s also encouraging to see the Trust has maintained its good rating around caring and critical care. This reflects the hard work of all the staff at the Trust.

However, we note the ongoing significant concerns about acute medical staffing, particularly around the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and there is still a lot of work to do around the access targets.”

– David Rogers, Medical Director at NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

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WATCH: Extra support for north Cumbria's healthcare system welcomed

Doctors, politicians and campaigners have all welcomed the news that the entire health care system in North Cumbria is to receive extra support from the NHS.

North Cumbria is one of three areas in England to benefit from the new so-called "success regime".

The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven are already in special measures. Katie Hunter reports.

'It's got to be seen as a positive'

Carlisle MP John Stevenson has said the announcement that a new "Support Regime" will be put in place at north Cumbria's two main hospitals has "got to be seen as a positive".

NHS England has unveiled plans for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, which runs both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital.

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Jamie Reed welcomes intervention at north Cumbria's hospitals

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Copeland MP Jamie Reed has welcomed the announcement that a new support regime will be put in place at north Cumbria's two main hospitals

NHS England has unveiled plans for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, which runs both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital.

Reed said it was "the first step on the long road to ensuring healthcare in West Cumbria is both high quality and sustainable".

NHS regulators to oversee key services in north Cumbria

The Cumberland Infirmary is one of two hospitals in the region to receive a new 'support regime' Credit: ITV Border

NHS regulators have stepped in to oversee the running of key services at north Cumbria's two main hospitals.

Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has unveiled plans for what he said would be a new 'support regime' for areas with systemic challenges in providing high quality healthcare.

The new regime will be introduced at three trusts, including North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital.

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