Search for Greater Manchester paddleboarder missing in the Lake District Daisy Jackson
A search effort for a man who went missing while paddleboarding in the Lake District has entered its third day.
The man, who has not been named but is understood to be from the Greater Manchester area, was near the ferry stop at Aira Point when he fell in.
Members of the public have been asked to avoid that area around Ullswater while emergency services continue their work.
Cumbria Police were called to the lake on Sunday (7 August) to reports that a paddleboarder had fallen in the water.
The search effort now involves Maryport Rescue Coastguards, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, the Ullswater Ranger, Whitehaven Coastguards, the Police and Northwest Ambulance Service.
A spokesperson for Cumbria Police today said: “Searches yesterday concluded early evening and were due to resume this morning.”
Anyone with information relating to this incident can report online at www.cumbria.police.uk/reportit quoting incident number 113 of 7 August 2022 or call 101.
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NHS ‘dramatically reduces’ two-year waitlists for treatment in England Emily Sergeant
The NHS says the number of people waiting two years or more for treatment in England has now been been “dramatically reduced”.
As part of its plan to address delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and following the calls last week for it to routinely publish non-hospital waiting lists after it emerged that more than one million people are waiting for care in the community, NHS England says the backlog of people having to wait more than two years for a routine operation has now shrunk from 22,500 at the start of the year to fewer than 200.
On top of that, some 51,000 people who would have been waiting two years for treatment by the end of July have also now been treated.
The NHS said the first part of its Elective Recovery Plan addressed those patients “waiting two years or more by the end of July”, who needed either “scans, checks, surgical procedures and other routine treatment”.
In an attempt to reduce the backlog, the NHS said patients have been offered travel and accommodation costs to be treated in alternative parts of the country.
All were prioritised unless they “chose to wait longer” or “did not want to travel to be seen faster”.
The waitlist has now been reduced to 2,777 “despite COVID and other pressures, of whom 1,579 opted to defer treatment and 1,030 are very complex cases,” the NHS confimed.
“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff the NHS has delivered the first mile-stone in our Elective Recovery Plan,” explained Amanda Pritchard – Chief Executive at NHS England.
“It has only been possible because the NHS has continued to reform the way we deliver care, using innovative techniques and adopting pioneering technology like robot surgery, and through building new relationships and mutual aid arrangements across systems to offer patients the opportunity to be transferred elsewhere and get the care they need as quickly as possible.”
“The next phase will focus on patients waiting longer than 18 months,” she added.
“Building on the fantastic work already done, and, while it is a significant challenge, our remarkable staff have shown that, when we are given the tools and resources we need, the NHS delivers for our patients.”
Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay added: “We are working hard with the NHS to get our health system back to peak performance, by growing the healthcare workforce, opening new community diagnostic centres and surgical hubs across the country, and investing in innovative technology to ensure patients can access the treatment they need while saving staff time”.
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