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 ›
Midwives from West Cumbria have published an open letter to the NHS Trust in charge of the West Cumberland Hospital.
They say the removal of consultant-led maternity care could put the lives of mothers, and babies, at risk.
Midwife Bernadette Bowness is one those concerned about the future of maternity services in West Cumbria:
The impact could be that some mothers could die, babies could die, babies could be brain-damaged and families will be traumatised.
ITV Border's Hannah McNulty reports.
The Success Regime, set up by the government to improve healthcare in west, east and north Cumbria, has released a statement following the publication of an open letter from west Cumbrian midwives.
A Success Regime spokesperson said:
The Success Regime is currently looking at several options in respect to maternity services and we welcome the value and input of staff in helping shape which options are right for our services and the families of north, west and east Cumbria.
Whilst we are in this period of engagement no decisions will be made about the future service configuration, or options to remove consultant cover from West Cumberland Hospital and nor will they be until after further engagement. Any potential proposals for changes to maternity services will then be subject to a full public consultation, which is due to begin in September. Any changes to services would only be implemented following detailed planning and discussions with clinical teams.
Midwives have published an open letter warning against the removal of consultant-led maternity care from the West Cumberland Hospital.Read the full story ›
The redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven is set to continue, after it was halted last year due to an increase in costs.Read the full story ›