Eight hospitals in the North West are to share more than two million pounds to improve their maternity units. Some of the cash may be used to create midwife-led units and better facilities for women giving birth.
Blackpool Foundation Trust is to get £681,606; Saint Mary's, Manchester, £95,064; East Cheshire NHS Trust , £83,000; East Lancashire Trust £114,977.
A further £754,000 goes to Chorley District Hospital & Royal Preston Hospital; £451,000 to Stockport Foundation Trust ; £444,000 to Warrington Hospital ; Wrightington, £113,000 to Wigan & Leigh trust.
More top news
Staying mild but rather cloudy overnight with rain for a time into Friday. Improving to brighter, cooler conditions later. Windy weekend.
A woman from Wirral discovered her husband had secretly married another woman after she saw him kissing his new bride on Facebook.
A sunspot 11 times bigger than Earth looks to be the largest in 25 yrs, but not necessarily the most active.The Met Office are monitoring it