Theresa May says the government is considering setting up a review, led by professionals, into how to improve recruitment and retention.Read the full story ›
The Prime Minister visited the constituency today, ahead of the Copeland by-election next week. Her opponents have criticised the visit.Read the full story ›
Ward four at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has been closed to visitors after an outbreak of influenza.
It will be closed for the next two days following the outbreak of the highly infectious disease.
Hospital bosses are reminding the public not to visit friends or family if they have been unwell.
The NHS Trust in charge of the West Cumberland Hospital and Cumberland Infirmary has defended its position, after the publication of a letter accusing it of spreading "false" information.
Andrene Hamilton, an Obstetrics & Gynaecology consultant at West Cumberland Hospital, sent the letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May.
The letter calls proposals to downgrade maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital "dangerous", and says all maternity consultants at the hospital are against the proposals.
However, the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has now defended its position.
We are fully engaged with our obstetrics & gynaecology consultants as well as our wider consultant body. The view of the majority of our obstetrics & gynaecology consultants and the wider clinical leadership team is that if we cannot maintain consultant-led units at both hospital sites, we must explore alternative ways to provide a safe and sustainable service for mothers and babies in West, North & East Cumbria. This view has been expressed consistently for many months.
We have been open about the fact that we had some success last year in recruiting middle-grade doctors in Maternity services. However, we have also been clear that the concerns around staffing mainly relate to our paediatric services. In the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) report about our Children’s services published in November 2016, they absolutely recognised the long-standing challenges we have in recruiting substantive medical staff in this area and the fact that we are taking action to tackle this issue.
During the consultation thousands of people have been engaged with and thousands of questionnaire responses and written responses were submitted. They are all currently being independently analysed and the analysis report will be one of the papers that NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group considers when reaching decisions on the services described in the consultation document including maternity services.
A consultant has written to the Prime Minister to express her fury about "false information" regarding maternity services in west Cumbria.Read the full story ›
ITV Border has learnt police officers are being called on "an almost daily basis" to help transfer patients from west Cumbria to Carlisle.Read the full story ›
The Royal College of Midwives has told ITV Border its members are very concerned about plans to centralise maternity services.Read the full story ›
An inquest is taking place into the deaths of two patients at Cumbrian hospitals. It heard tubes were wrongly inserted into their lungs.Read the full story ›
An NHS Trust says reductions in the number of people dying at hospitals is down to the centralisation of emergency surgery in Carlisle.Read the full story ›
Changes to maternity services in Cumbria are "likely", according to the Chief Executive of the NHS Trust that runs the hospitals.Read the full story ›