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University status for hospitals

Two hospitals in north Cumbria have been awarded university status.

The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven will now be recognised for teaching and clinical training.

A health trust spokesman said the move would strengthen links with the universities of Cumbria and Newcastle.

The new status means the North Cumbria Acute Hospitals Trust will now been known as the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust.

Kevin Clarkson, the trust's acting chief executive, said: "Becoming a university hospital trust will now provide us and our academic partners with a platform to establish a truly first class health education and training centre for Cumbria."

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