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  1. Updates on Thursday 20 October 2016

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  1. As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    We've come to the end of our live updates for today.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning at 08:00 with your news, sport, weather and travel.

    We hope you have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Settled with some sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    A settled afternoon that's breezy with some bright spells. 

    Highs of 13C.

    Any lingering showers will clear tonight when it will be mostly dry with clear spells. 

    Lows falling to about 5C with a drier, more settled day to come tomorrow.

    Whitehaven overnight weather forecast

    Find out the forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

  3. Watch: Success Regime leader on maternity proposals for Whitehaven

    More on BBC Cumbria's interview with leaders from West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime and the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust.

    They were answering some of your questions and concerns about a consultation that could mean sweeping changes for hospital care in Carlisle and Whitehaven.

    Here's the medical director of the Cumbria Success Regime Dr Steven Singleton on proposed changes to maternity services - including the Success Regime's preferred option to downgrade consultant-led care in Whitehaven:

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    Video caption: Cumbria Success Regime's Dr Steven Singleton defends potential changes to maternity.
  4. Listen: Whitehaven mum asks health leader if he'd be happy for his children to use proposed services

    Stephen Eames from the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and Dr Stephen Singleton from the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime were In the Hot Seat with Mike Zeller for an hour-long interview on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning.

    During the interview, Whitehaven mother Victoria Murray asked the chief executive of the hospitals in both Carlisle and Whitehaven, if he would be happy for his children to use the children's services proposed by the Success Regime in a consultation.

    The body's preferred option would mean that very few children, and only those with low risk conditions, could stay overnight in the West Cumberland Hospital.

    More complicated cases would be treated at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

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    Video caption: Whitehaven mum Victoria Murray asks Stephen Eames about changes to children's services.
  5. Kendal's comics festival is big draw

    BBC Arts

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    If you were in Kendal this weekend, you might have seen the Lakes International Comic Art Festival going on - or you might even have gone. 

    BBC Arts were at the festival too because in just its fourth year some of the biggest names in graphic fiction came to the three day event. 

  6. Success Regime doctor defends proposed maternity changes

    This morning, Stephen Eames from the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and Dr Stephen Singleton from the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime were In the Hot Seat with Mike Zeller for an hour-long interview on BBC Radio Cumbria.

    Lots of that time was spent discussing potential changes to maternity services which would mean an end to consultant-led care at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital.

    The Success Regime's medical director Dr Stephen Singleton defended the proposals:

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    Video caption: Success Regime medical director Dr Stephen Singleton defends proposed maternity changes
  7. Cumbria's headlines this luncthime

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Here are the some of the stories being reported across the BBC in Cumbria so far today: 

    • Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused by a Cumbrian MP of undermining a consultation into healthcare changes in the county
    • A former midwife at Barrow's hospital has been struck off by the nursing regulator
    • A man arrested in the Lake District two years ago is one of the ten most wanted British fugitives, according to Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency
  8. Watch: Round up of Kendal's comics festival

    BBC Arts

    BBC Arts produced this minute long look at what happened over the weekend that The Lakes International Comic Art Festival for held in Kendal.

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    Video caption: A whistle-stop tour of the three-day event in Kendal, Cumbria.
  9. Success Regime leaders in the hot seat

    Earlier this morning, Stephen Eames from the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and Dr Stephen Singleton were In the Hot Seat with Mike Zeller for an hour-long interview on BBC Radio Cumbria.

    They were there to answer concerns from Cumbrians over changes to the healthcare system in North, West and East Cumbria proposed by the Success Regime - including the end of consultant-led maternity services in Whitehaven. 

    Here are a few of the topics they discussed:

    • There's a 30% medical vacancy rate across hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven
    • The North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust expects its deficit to decrease from £63m to £49m in by the end of this financial year
    • Work is happening as far away as India to recruit new medical staff to work in Cumbrian hospitals
    • Planned changes for maternity care have been 'the most difficult part' of the consultation to put together
    • The Success Regime stressed that changes were not "just because of money"
    • The West Cumberland Hospital is leading the way in training nurses up to hold the responsibilities of junior doctors in a never-before-tried system for running Accident and Emergency

    You can listen again to the whole hour-long interview on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days.

  10. Man arrested in Lake District on top 10 most wanted list

    A man who was last seen by police in Ambleside has been identified as one of the top 10 most wanted British fugitives by the charity Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency.

    Stephen Carruthers, 43, is originally from Bury, Greater Manchester but also lived in Cumbria, and is wanted in connection with 18 offences of making indecent photographs of a child

    He was interviewed and denied committing any crime but then didn't answer bail.

    Steven Carruthers
  11. Weather: Fells forecast

    BBC Weather

    Here's the Fells forecast for daylight hours on Thursday 20 October:

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft: Up to 4C. 
    • Winds: Fresh north to northeasterly moderating later. 
    • Cloud: Patches around 2,600ft(800m). 
    • Visibility: Good, locally poor in hill fog patches. 
    • Freezing level: Above the summits.
  12. Success Regime: Possible to run A&E without junior doctors

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    In The Hot Seat with Mike Zeller

    Stephen Eames from the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust tells Mike Zeller that it is possible to run Whitehaven's Accident and Emergency department to the same standard as others without using junior doctors.

    The Success Regime's proposed option is to train nurses and other clinicians to take on the duties of junior doctors in emergency medicine.

    The Success Regime's Dr Stephen Singleton says that Whitehaven has "led the way" in developing staff this way.

  13. Success Regime doctor: 'I worry every single time we get a bad outcome'

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    In The Hot Seat with Mike Zeller

    In this morning's BBC Cumbria hotseat, the Success Regime's medical director Dr Stephen Singleton inisted the proposed changes to hospitals were not financial-related.

    Quote Message: We get challenged all the time as if we're doing something just because of the money...Well we don't. I worry every single time we have a bad outcome.
    Quote Message: We're trying to plan for a future where the total number of unfortunate incidents, bad outcomes, is the absolute minimum we can make it." from Dr Stephen Singleton Medical director, West, North and East Cumbria
    Dr Stephen SingletonMedical director, West, North and East Cumbria
  14. Success Regime: Proposed end of consultant-led maternity 'most difficult area'

    Dr Stephen Singleton from the Success Regime says that it proved too difficult to put forward a sustainable option for consultant-led maternity care in both Whitehaven and Carlisle - which was the best option as suggested by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

    He says this has been the most difficult and contentious area in the whole of the Success Regime's consultation. 

  15. Success Regime: 'People don't understand how passionate we are about recuitment'

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    In The Hot Seat with Mike Zeller

    Dr Stephen Singleton from the Success Regime says that a colleague of his has just been in India to find doctors to recruit to Cumbria.

    He says that he's constantly trying to get people to work in the county but that young doctors don't find it attractive to work across two smaller hospitals rather than one bigger one.

  16. Success Regime: We're working with other industries to attract staff

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    In The Hot Seat with Mike Zeller

    Dr Stephen Singleton says that the Success Regime is working with other industries to attract professionals to West Cumbria. 

    That includes the development of a new nuclear power station by Nugen at Moorside

  17. Success Regime: 30% vacancies rate for North Cumbria hospitals

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    In The Hot Seat with Mike Zeller

    North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust chief executive Stephen Eames tells Mike Zeller there's about a 30% vacancy rate across the full trust with the "bigger balance" at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital.