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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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  1. Sarah Rogers, ITV News

Why the village at the heart of Britain wants to keep its public phonebox

The public phone at the heart of the village. Credit: ITV News.

If you have a public phone box near you, would you care if it was removed?

BT says the use of pulic phoneboxes has fallen by more than 90%, and it wants to scrap payphones it says aren't needed.

But residents of one tiny Lancashire village, which prides ititself on being at the centre of things, have been fighting to save theirs.

This report from Sarah Rogers:

  1. Victoria Grimes, ITV News

Chorley's A&E is open again - but campaigners want a 24 hour service

The protesters chants turned to applause for the doctors and nurses returning to duty as a Lancashire Accident and Emergency unit re-opened.

Chorley's A&E had been closed in April because of a shortage of staff.

It's back in business, but not 24/7, which has left campaigners saying today was only a partial victory.

Here's Victoria Grimes with the story:

Lindsay Hoyle, the MP for Chorley, has been involved in efforts to get the the unit reopened.

He told Tony the campaign was 50% towards its goal:

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