Why do we face a £572m funding shortfall in Lancashire and South Cumbria... despite having poorest health in the country?

Health and care bosses have predicted a £572m spending shortfall in their budgets across Lancashire and South Cumbria by 2020/21.

‘Maintaining current system is unrealistic and dangerous’

‘Maintaining current system is unrealistic and dangerous’

A lack of Government support has been blamed for mounting pressure on local NHS services.

Dr Amanda Doyle

‘We are keen to improve local services’

Health chiefs in Lancashire and South Cumbria admit local people deserve much better health care and without it lives could be lost.

Ambulances queuing outside Royal Preston Hospital. A queue of nine ambulances was spotted on Boxing Day, and paramedics reported a wait of up to 90 minutes to hand over patients

Ambulance service order to improve by inspectors

Lancashire’s ambulance service has been ordered to improve its safety standards after an inspection.

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Jennifer Aldridge

Chance to hear of changes in NHS services

Fylde and Wyre residents will hear about the progress made to change the face of local NHS services when health bosses go on the road next month.

A&E at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Blackpool’s A&E ‘on verge of collapse’ as 12-hour waits double

The number of people waiting more than 12 hours in A&E at Blackpool Victoria Hospital doubled in the last year.

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Health store

Where are the best health stores?

Selling anything from vitamins, protein shakes, nuts and vegetables health stores are a useful place to stock up on the essentials.

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Katie Lander with Samuel Hudson

New neonatal room opens at Victoria hospital

A new family room is now available to use on the neonatal unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

A delicious-looking meal

How to banish Blue Monday doldrums

It’s the most depressing day of the year - but what can YOU do to beat the Monday blues?

A delighted Becky Halliwell and Andy Halliwell

Baby delight for couple who refused to give up

A woman who was warned she may never have children because she was overweight is expecting her first baby after shedding more than three stone.

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Heather Parkinson with her fiance Patrick Goulden with pet dogs

June wedding cheers brave woman who has been fighting cancer

Heather Parkinson has spent the last 15 years fighting cancer after first being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 19.

Daniel Sutcliff

Coach’s Aussie skydive in honour of pal

A football coach from Garstang currently working in Australia is planning a sponsored sky-dive down under to raise funds for a Lancashire-based charity set up following the death of a friend.

Luke Carter

Family’s thanks for £16k operation cash

An eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is set for a life-changing operation.

Toni Roethling left her role to care for her mentally ill daughter

Poulton headteacher backs health reform

A headteacher who quit her job to care for her mentally ill daughter has welcomed reforms announced by Theresa May.

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Motivated Fitness, Tarleton

Lancashire recommends.... top independent gyms

As January appears to be the month where gyms experience the highest amount of new joiners, we take a look at the most popular independent gyms in the area.

Guide dog owner Robert Greggor with Angel

Why going to the dogs makes such good scents

Not all emergency workers or carers are human, as MEGAN TITLEY discovers after meeting some of the county’s most amazing hounds, who work as assistance dogs, rescue animals and trackers.

Hundreds of operations per day on children to remove multiple teeth

Hundreds of operations per day on children to remove multiple teeth

More than 160 operations to remove multiple teeth from children were carried out every working day in England last year, usually as a result of tooth decay, data suggests.

Students are being urged to get vaccinated before they return to university

NW students urged to get Meningitis vaccine after surge in cases

A leading health body is urging unvaccinated first year students to get immunised against meningitis and septicemia after a recent surge in cases of the deadly diseases.

Sophie Ward and her friend Matthew during the Route 66 trip

USA food inspires Lancashire author

Travelling down the famous Route 66 has given one author an idea for a food-inspired book.

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Long A&E waits have DOUBLED for elderly people in last two years

Long A&E waits have DOUBLED for elderly people in last two years

Very long waits of more than 12 hours in A&E among elderly people have more than doubled in two years, figures show.

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