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Millions of people use Royal Parks in London

Couple sitting in Hyde park Credit: PA

An estimated 77.7 million people visited the capital's 8 Royal Parks during 2013/2014 according to new official figures released today.

Research conducted by Ipsos MORI shows that 98% of visitors surveyed rated the parks as either good or excellent.

Understanding how many visitors are coming to our parks and what their priorities are is invaluable information for us as guardians of these unique spaces. It allows us to plan effectively, ensure our resources are used in the right way and maintain the balance between users of the parks and the need to sustain the natural and wildlife environment.

– Linda Lennon CBE, The Royal Parks' chief executive

Hospital 'failing' cystic fibrosis patients warns charity

Cystic fibrosis campaigners are warning that Kings College Hospital is failing patients because it's not setting out a timetable to create a new specialist centre. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has raised thousands of pounds to help build new facilities, but the fund will disappear at the end of April.

'We remain grateful to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust for their generous offer of support. Cystic fibrosis patients were recently transferred to a more modern facility at King's, and no longer have to share bathrooms with each other.

We remain committed to finding a permanent home for our cystic fibrosis patients on an expanded and refurbished ward at King's. However, we are currently unable to provide the charity with a timetable for when this work will be carried out.

This is because we have a programme of vital improvement works to deliver, all of which are designed to improve patient care.'

– Kings College Hospital statement
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