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whether that is legal or not. Full coverage for you online and on the

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BBC Three years after being put

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into special measures, has been taken off

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the critical list. It runs hospitals in Lancaster,

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Kendal and Barrow and, following

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an inspection in October, A truly remarkable turnaround

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for a trust that's faced very

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significant difficulties. Less than three years ago,

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Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust was performing so poorly

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it was placed in special measures. I think the staff were very bruised

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by the CQC report in previous years, but I think they've responded

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fantastically well and what we've seen is a dramatic improvement

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in the quality of care provided in the trust and that's a real

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tribute to the staff It's been a tough journey

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for Morecambe Bay hospitals. Here at Furness General,

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an enquiry found serious failures in the maternity unit

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contributed to the deaths There were serious concerns, too,

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at Westmorland General but the inspector says

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that has all now changed. The inspectors found some elements

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of care were outstanding and were impressed with improvements

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in gynaecology, maternity services and end of life care,

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as well as communication between the hospitals

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and community engagement. We saw lots of examples this time

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of where people who have either been affected previously,

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or use the services currently, have been really involved in taking

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maternity services forward. It has been about the front-line

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staff and all of our clinicians absolutely wanting to make

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those improvements. All of those changes

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and improvements It means such a lot to us,

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recognition for all the hard work we have done

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over the last number of years. And the news is welcomed

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by the people of Barrow as well. Two new knees, a new hip,

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both hands broken, I'm on warfarin, and they are

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absolutely fantastic. There is still work to do,

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with nursing posts unfilled in Lancaster and room

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for improvement in safety, but this is a much

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changed organisation. James Titcombe's son, Joshua,

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died nine days after he was born Mr Titcombe's campaign

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for answers was instrumental in uncovering the problems

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at Furness General's Maternity Unit. Today he welcomed

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the Trust's turnaround. Initially, there was a reluctance

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for anybody to accept the scale of the problem

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at the trust. Even the regulators said things

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were fine when really they weren't, so I'm really pleased

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that we eventually managed to get that recognition that

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they were having serious problems. But, actually, the progress

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over recent years is down to the leadership

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and the culture of the trust. I'd really like to pay tribute

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to Jackie at the trust, and all the staff, for working

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as hard as they have done The family an 87-year-old woman

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who was attacked in her home in Greater Manchester

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are appealing for the robber Eileen Blane is still

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in hospital with broken ribs after being knocked to the floor

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during a violent attack The robber forcibly removed

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the wedding ring from her finger, and her family are desperate

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to get it back. It's not the financial issue,

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it's ?30, it's the wedding ring which is of more significance

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for the fact that it represents a link to my dad

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for the past 64 years, which unfortunately

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is no longer there. The funeral has taken place

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of a Merseyside Police Officer who died last month

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after his wife won a legal battle PC Paul Briggs was left

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in a minimally conscious state Among those who attended

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the funeral was the judge who allowed the family

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to turn off his life support. Four members of a Rochdale

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grooming gang may now be deported to Pakistan

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after losing their fight The men were stripped

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of their British citizenship after being convicted

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of exploiting teenagers. An immigration tribunal today

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rejected their appeals, paving the way for their removal

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from the UK. Two MPs from the North West

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have been promoted is the new Shadow Chief

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Secretary to the Treasury. And Rebecca Long Bailey,

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the MP for Salford and Eccles, has been promoted

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to Shadow Business Secretary. The changes came following Shadow

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Cabinet resignations over Brexit. A disabled woman from Warrington,

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who claims she was prevented from boarding a bus on her mobility

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scooter, says the experience has left her feeling

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like a second-class citizen. The bus company

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says mobility scooters have to be individually assessed

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to see if they can fit on a bus. Samantha Jones prides herself

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on her independence. She's just got a mobility

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scooter to get around. But after being stopped

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from boarding a bus on it, she says her confidence and mobility

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have been crushed. It is the first time I've ever seen

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anyone being refused on a bus. I felt downgraded

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and just not worthy Samantha picked up her

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scooter from Warrington They tried to board a bus to get

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home but say the bus driver said because it would affect

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the vehicle's centre of gravity. I had to transfer between my

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mobility scooter and my wheelchair and I felt everyone was watching me,

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which I'm sure they were. I just feel like my

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dignity has been lost. Samantha was allowed to bring

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the scooter on board with her wheelchair - taking up,

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she says, even more space. She tweeted her anger

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at her experience. There was no need for it

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because the mobility scooter went on anyway,

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so why could I not stay in it? I was more worried

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about Sam's dignity. and you could see it on

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her face at the time. It felt like her independence

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was just taken away. The bus company, Network Warrington,

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says it's investigating Samantha's complaint and trying to track down

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the driver to talk to him. Samantha hopes her experience

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will raise awareness of the difficulties

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wheelchair users face and change attitudes

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on and off public transport. The Isle of Man could introduce

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DNA testing of dogs to catch people

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who don't pick up their pet's mess. The Manx government will consult

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the public on new measures to tackle the problem,

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as Amy Mulhearn reports. This could be all that's needed

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to catch Ruby's owners if they don't

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pick up what Ruby leaves behind. It's an idea that's being considered

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by the Manx government We have all been there and trodden

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in it and gone back home and it's in the carpet

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and one thing and another. It just seems to press a nerve

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amongst the Manx public. Proposed changes to the island's

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dog laws mean microchipping is set to become compulsory

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and licences will be abolished. But there's an idea

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to take this one step further You can track back

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from a DNA profile, dog poo on the pavement

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to the individual dog Profiling a dog would

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cost around ?30. Easy to do, non-painful

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and if it is something that does become mandatory,

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I think it is a real step forward. Dog DNA profiling has

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been tried elsewhere, like the London Borough

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of Barking and Dagenham So if the Manx public thinks

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it's a good idea when it goes to consultation,

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the island could follow their lead. Some breaking news, relating to the

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M 53 in the Wirral. It is said to be close overnight following the

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discovery of a man's wadi and the central reservation between

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junctions two and three. It was closed earlier this evening. The

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southbound carriageway was closed, then the North. Both are closed and

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will remain so overnight. The circumstances leading to his death

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run clear, but it is believed that a road traffic collision has occurred.

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A code date from the pelt of a South American wildcat has been seized in

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the region. Police say it was being illegally offered for sale at a

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shop. In rugby league, the new Super

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League season kicked-off tonight, They ground out a tough 6-4 win over

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Leeds at the Totally Wicked Stadium. as they came back from

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4-0 down at the break. The only downside was a head injury

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to fullback Jonny Lomax. So cold, in fact, that Robin Cooper

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sent us these pictures of hair ice, which he says he saw

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at Coniston in Cumbria. It forms where a certain fungus

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is growing on rotting wood, so let's get a full

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forecast with Dianne. and nothing changes as we go

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through the next couple of days. We've still got the air coming

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towards us from the continent. yes, cold air all the way

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through the weekend. Slightly less cold

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as we go into Monday. Over the last couple of days,

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it has been relatively quiet. But as you go through Friday

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night and into Saturday, we've got this little feature

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that comes towards us, it might bring some snow as far

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as the eastern side of England, up the Pennines, and we might get

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a light covering in places. There's a chance

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of a light covering tonight but, realistically, that's only

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over the highest level routes, maybe down

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into the Peak District. It wouldn't be unusual to see

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a little bit of snow this time of year under

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these conditions. So nothing to get excited about,

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and the temperatures are really about because I think

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for most towns and cities, and rurally quite a few

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degrees colder than that. You've got more cloud cover

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than you'd like, really. This time of year, you need

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a bit of sunshine - You may see a wintry

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shower from time to time. West is best, in particular

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in parts of Cumbria. sleet and snow. The outlook, Sunday

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will turn a bit less cold again. All the way up seven

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