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North West Ambulance Service 'requires improvement'

The North West Ambulance Service has been told it 'requires improvement' in a new report by health watchdogs.

The trust say there are plans to continue to recruit paramedics from abroad to fill vacancies. Credit: Press Association

The report by the Care Quality Commission says the trust struggled with staffing levels, and expressed concerns the service couldn't meet the needs of patients. The trust say there are plans to continue to recruit paramedics from abroad to fill vacancies.

Nicola Kemp is from the Care Quality Commission and Derek Cartwright is Chief Executive of the North West Ambulance Service.

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Drink driving down, drug driving up.

Drink driving figures are down on Merseyside Credit: pa

Merseyside Police's 'None for the road" Christmas campaign saw a 30% decrease in arrests for drink driving offences from the previous year. However, the number of drivers testing positive for drug drive offences has increased by 40%. Officers say the rise is due to increased testing and new powers that were introduced in 2015.

During the campaign, which ran from 1 December 2016 until 1 January 2017, officers carried out a total of 6,339 breath tests and arrested 203 people for drink or drug driving-related offences, which compares to a total of 224 arrests in the 2015 campaign.

The decrease in positive tests and drink drive arrests for a second successive year indicates that drinking and driving is becoming less and less socially acceptable. .....it is disappointing that we have seen an increase in motorists arrested for drug driving.... I cannot stress enough the danger that these people present, not just to themselves, but to other road users too.

– Sgt Paul Mountford, Merseyside Police
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