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A series of events to listen to concerns and views on healthcare in north Cumbria got underway today.
NHS managers are writing a five year plan for services in Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden. They say they're keen to hear what people want from their health service.
Finola Miles reports:
Confirmed NHS roadshows:
- Wednesday 16 April - 10am - 2pm Market, Pow Street, Workington
- Thursday 17 April - 10am - 2pm Market, Criffle Street, Silloth
- Saturday 26 April - 10am - 1.30pmFarmers' Market, Market Place, Brampton
- Frday 2 May - 10am - 2pm Farmers' Market, English Street, Carlisle
- Thursday 15 May 10am to 2pm Moot Hall, Area Market, Keswick
- Saturday 17 May - 10am to 2pm Market Place, Whitehaven
- Tuesday 20 May - 10am to 2pm Farmers' Market, Clock Tower, Penrith
- Monday 26 May 10am to 2pm Bank Holiday Plant Market, Wilkinson Car Park, Cockermouth
Events are still to be arranged at Maryport and Wigton.
Following a report that identified weaknesses in children's services delivered in Dumfries and Galloway, a new Chair will be appointed to the Child Protection committee.
“The Community Planning partners fully accept the hard messages in this report and I am pleased immediate action has already been taken. A draft plan has been developed which contains a number of actions to improve professional leadership, key processes and our partnership working.
"These actions include the appointment of an Independent Chair to the Child Protection committee. The new chair will lead on and take forward the necessary improvements to children’s service. He will be fully supported by an independent improvement team and nationally recognised, external experts.
– Ronnie Nicholson, Chair, Community Planning Partnership
“All partners and senior managers are fully committed to addressing all the issues identified in the report and as the newly appointed Chair of the Community Partnership, I will certainly be expecting to see significant improvements.
"There is no more important responsibility than protecting children and young people. By working more effectively together and getting the processes right, I am determined that the partners will lead, plan and deliver the changes needed”.
An inspection report, published today on children's services in Dumfries and Galloway, has identified 'a number of unacceptable weaknesses'.
This report follows an inspection led by the Care Inspectorate into Dumfries and Galloway’s multi agency approach to children’s services.
Today's report looked at services for families and young people delivered by the Community planning partnership, which is made up of Council, NHS, Police Scotland and the Third Sector.
– Andrew Johnson, Vice Chair, Community Planning Partnership and Interim Chair, NHS Board
"The report indicates that we need to do more to ensure that we get it right first time, every time for every child. To deliver measurable improvements for children and young people, we will be working hard to develop stronger, more collaborative leadership arrangements for all our integrated children’s services.”
– Kate Thomson, Chief Superintendent, Police Scotland
“Police Scotland accepts the findings of the Care Inspectorate into Children’s Services in Dumfries and Galloway. In partnership with those in the Community Planning Partnership our priority now must be to work through the action plan that has already been developed, ensuring that the services we provide to our children, young people and families here in Dumfries and Galloway keep children safe.”
Police are appealing for witnesses after offenders set fire to a dog's lead whilst the animal was tied to a pillar.
The incident happened at about 3pm on Monday 14 April outside the Tesco supermarket on New Bridge Road in Workington.
The dog's owner left the store before the fire got too close and it was not injured.
Police are particularly interested in speaking with two males, wearing grey, who were in the area.
Please contact PC James Thomas at Workington Police Station with any information.
A cow on a farm in Cumbria has given birth to triplets, an extremely rare phenomenon.
What makes this even more unusual is that all of them are male calves. The chances of that happening are thought to be two million to one.
The farmer, at Unthank, between Penrith and Alston, says he was shocked.
Galloway's first ever wheelyboat has been launched on Loch Ken, the largest loch in southern Scotland.
The wheelyboat has a ramp, so that wheelchair users can enjoy getting out and about on the water. It's the first boat of its kind in southern Scotland.