MPs back submarine building in Barrow

MPs and members of the House of Lords met to show their support for the UK's submarine building industry, a key employer in the North West.

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Barrow MP helps pupils brush up on English & maths

A Cumbrian MP is on a personal mission to improve levels in maths and literacy in local pupils.

The MP for Barrow in Furness John Woodcock has spent the past year training to be a teaching assistant to help run a summer school in his constituency.

Fifty youngsters will get three weeks of extra tuition in the pilot scheme backed by local business.

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox has the story.

Morecambe Bay hospitals set to be put in "special measures"

A man who had to have his leg amputated after his treatment went wrong 2 years ago says he's not surprised the same hospital trust is now in special measures.

Roy Gay wants to know why lessons don't appear to have been learnt after health inspectors ruled the quality of care provided by Morecambe Bay NHS Trust was still inadequate after a visit five months ago.

The trust argues it's part-way through a process of improvement and that services such as maternity and A & E had improved since previous checks.

Our Lancashire reporter Amy Welch has been following the story:

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Decision day for Morecambe Bay NHS trust

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A decision is expected to be made today on whether to put Morecambe Bay NHS Trust into special measures. It's after a leaked report draft rated the trust as inadequate in patient safety and staffing levels Furness General in Barrow and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The report found that “there was no clear strategy for the future of services across the trust”, and that “strategic plans and risks were not well known at ward or team level”.

The trust say they won't comment until after the decision but have released a statement on the weeks speculation here.

Morecambe Bay react to 'speculation' over NHS trust

A decision is expected to be made tomorrow over whether to put Morecambe Bay NHS Trust into special measures.

It's after a leaked report draft by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the trust as inadequate in patient safety and staffing levels Furness General in Barrow and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Today the Trust released a statement in reaction to the report.

There is a lot of speculation at the moment regarding the forthcoming publication of the Hospital Inspection Reports by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We would like to try to clarify a few facts about the process, rather than at this stage talk about the detail of the ‘leaked’ draft report. Once the reports have been finalised and published by the CQC, we will share and discuss our response with the public and staff.

It is wrong we believe to speculate on what may, or may not happen following the Quality Summit. Currently we are being asked to comment if the Trust will be placed into ‘special measures’ – such speculation doesn’t help staff or the public, especially as the information which is being discussed is not yet finalised. Any further action is a decision for the regulator of Foundation Trusts and the position will be known once the reports have been published.

Whilst we have made good progress at improving standards in a number of areas where the Trust was previously deemed to be failing, there is still a lot of work to do to ensure the levels of care we are providing are consistent in all areas of our hospitals and we remain focussed on achieving this – the safety of everyone who uses our services remains our priority.

We do not know how the reports were leaked, but can only apologise for any unnecessary concern caused, regardless of where the information came from.

Click here for the statement in full on the trusts website.

MP claims Morecambe Bay Trust will be placed in special measures

Furness General Hospital Credit: ITV Granada

South Lakes MP Tim Farron believes Morecambe Bay NHS Trust will be placed in special measures after a leaked report revealed failures in frontline service.

The draft report by the Care Quality Commission rates the trust as inadequate in patient safety and staffing levels at Furness General Hospital in Barrow and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Tim Farron MP, South Lakes Credit: PA

The trust has declined to comment. A decision is expected to be made at the health care quality summit on Friday.

Mother of baby who died at Furness Hospital after serious mistakes blames bad management

The mother of a baby who died after serious mistakes were made in his maternity care says she blames bad management for continued failings at Furness General hospital.

A leaked report from the health regulator the Care Quality Commission rates patient safety and staffing levels at Morecambe Bay Trust as inadequate.

Liza Brady has spent six years fighting for the truth about what happened to her son Alex and says lessons don't appear to have been learnt.

The trust say as the report was only a draft, it would not be appropriate to comment.

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Cumbria Police officer charged with rape

A police officer has been charged with of rape and indecent assault alleged to have been committed in Warwickshire and Cumbria.

Nicholas Doherty, 41, from Barrow-in-Furness, was charged by Warwickshire Police yesterday and will appear before magistrates in Leamington Spa later today.

The Cumbria Police officer was arrested at his home in November last year. He's also been charged with committing an indecent assault in Cumbria in December 1999.

Warwickshire Police said he had been charged with a rape that is alleged to have taken place in Stratford-upon-Avon in February 2012.

Tearful family of dead soldier thank his platoon

The familly of 23-year-old Kingsman David Shaw who was killed in Afghanistan last January, red out a emotional statement at the end of an inquest into his death.

Kingsman Shaw was on duty at an Afghan Police checkpoint which came under fire when a bullet struck him in the neck. He died 2 days later in hospital.

The inquest concluded that David was unlawfully killed.

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