We announced in November that clinicians had raised concerns regarding the ability to safely staff the SCBU at FGH and the action we were taking to mitigate against this risk, however this has now been overtaken by the significant, unsustainable levels of sickness absence.
We will continue to work hard, together with the wider NHS to recruit more midwives and neonatal nurses. We have also liaised with other specialist and regional providers to second staff, but this has not yet proved successful.
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Kerrie has the latest North West forecast for the next fews days
The former chancellor said a line connecting the east and west coasts must be planned for as the Government presses ahead with HS2.
Showery rain to start Wednesday, but an improving story. Freshening up for the rest of the week with a mix of sunshine & showers