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Cumbria hospital chiefs quizzed at scrutiny meeting

The heads of two troubled hospital trusts are to appear before a special sitting of a scrutiny committee.

Cumbria's Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee will meet on Monday.

The heads of North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust will be asked questions.

Among the issues will be staff concerns about the impact of a cash crisis in North Cumbria and about maternity services at the Morecambe Bay Trust.

The chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust, Tony Halsall, and chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, Neil Goodwin, will be at the meeting.

Issues addressed

Senior doctors have raised fears that patients in Carlisle and Whitehaven are at risk from staff shortages and the threat of more cuts.

North Cumbria Hospitals NHS University Trust says patients are not at risk.

Police have been investigating several baby deaths at Barrow's Furness General Hospital and the maternity unit received a critical report from the Care Quality Commission.

Last month the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust said it was confident it had addressed issues raised in the report.

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