Decision day for health services in Cumbria

Councillors are meeting today to discuss plans to close community hospital beds and change care for seriously ill children in west Cumbria.

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Protestors gather ahead of healthcare meeting

The meeting is taking place at the council's new base on Botchergate in Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

Protestors have gathered ahead of a council meeting, which will determine whether controversial healthcare changes will go ahead.

Today, Cumbria's health scrutiny committee will decide whether to accept or reject the Success Regime's decision to close inpatient beds at three cottage hospitals - Maryport, Wigton and Alston.

The panel of district and county councillors has the power to refer the matter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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