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Maternity changes 'not black and white', says senior doctor

One of the county's most senior doctors has admitted many of his colleagues have "reservations" about proposed changes to maternity services in West Cumbria.

Dr John Howarth is Deputy Chief Executive of the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

He was giving his personal opinion at a public meeting in Maryport to discuss various options for the future of healthcare in Cumbria.

People running the NHS say their preferred option is a midwife-led unit at the West Cumberland Hospital meaning many more pregnant woman would have to travel to Carlisle to give birth.

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Campaigners 'play dead' to protest against maternity changes

Campaigners opposing plans to downgrade maternity services in west Cumbria have dressed up as corpses in front of a meeting of health bosses.

The Success Regime - appointed by the government to improve healthcare in Cumbria - is considering removing consultant-led maternity care from the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

They are holding public meetings across the county as part of a consultation into the plans, and protestors gathered outside one of the meetings in Whitehaven.

Protestors dressed as corpses outside a Success Regime meeting. Credit: ITV Border
Protestors dressed as corpses outside a Success Regime meeting. Credit: ITV Border
Protestors dressed as corpses outside a Success Regime meeting. Credit: ITV Border

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Flimby flood report: meeting

Residents of a west Cumbrian village hit by flooding in the build up to Storm Desmond are being invited to a public meeting tonight.

More than a hundred properties in Flimby flooded on the 3rd of December last year.

It was the first place in our region to suffer significant damage during the winter floods.

The meeting will discuss a report looking at how future flooding could be prevented.

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