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'Everyday' people joined the North East mums' march

A group of mothers, who say they're angry at how the NHS is being run, have completed a 300 mile march to London, having set off from Jarrow three weeks ago.

The march aimed to replicate the Jarrow crusade of the 1930s when hundreds marched to the capital in protest against poverty and unemployment.

Joanna Adams, organiser of the Darlington mums' march, say they were overwhelmed with support.

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NHS marchers return to the North East

The NHS marchers at Trafalgar Square Credit: ITV

A group of mothers will return to the North East later today after completing a march to London, in protest at what they say is the privatisation of parts of the NHS.

Almost three thousand people joined the group from Darlington along the route, which retraced the steps of the Jarrow Crusade in the 1930s.

They arrived in Trafalgar square on Saturday.

The Government says use of the private sector represents only 6 per cent of the NHS Budget.

North East mothers reach London at end of NHS protest march

Hundreds joined the Darlington mums on the final leg of their march. Credit: ITV News

A group of mothers from Darlington has finished a 300 mile march from the North East to London in protest at what they say is privatisation of the NHS.

Almost 3,000 have joined them along the route, which retraces the steps of the Jarrow crusade in the 1930s.

They started the 300-mile march three weeks ago. Credit: ITV News

They have called it the People's March for the NHS and started walking from Jarrow on August 16 and arrived in Trafalgar Square earlier this afternoon.

MORE: North East mothers 300 mile march to support NHS

The government say use of the private sector only represents a very small percentage of the NHS budget.

"Use of the private sector in the NHS represents only 6% of the total NHS budget - an increase of just 1% since May 2010.

"Charities, social enterprises and other healthcare providers continue to play an important role for the NHS, as they have done for many years - however, it is now local doctors and nurses who make decisions about who is best placed to provide care for their patients.”

– Department of Health spokesman

North East mothers 300 mile march nearly complete

The NHS campaigners in Luton

A group of working mums set off on a 300 mile march to protest against what they see as damage caused to the NHS by the government.

Read the full story here: North East mothers 300 mile march to support NHS

Now, nearly a month later the campaigners are set to arrive in London this afternoon.

The NHS campaigners in St Albans

"Protect our children from cheap alcohol"

The leaders of 12 councils across the North East have written an open letter calling for the Government to protect children from cheap alcohol.

As leaders of the 12 councils in the North East of England with a responsibility for the public health of our communities we are increasingly concerned about the damage being caused by the widespread availability of cheap, strong alcohol. The latest North East figures speak for themselves:

– Open letter from 12 council leaders
  • One child is admitted to hospital every day because of alcohol
  • Alcohol related hospital admissions in the over 65s have doubled in the past 10 years
  • Over 570 alcohol related crimes are recorded in the region every day
  • It costs £3 million a day to clean up the problems caused by cheap booze.

The letter addressed to Andy Burnham MP, Paul Burstow MP, Jeremy Hunt MP and Norman Lamb MP goes on to blame the marketplace which "encourages and makes it easy" to consume alcohol.

It’s the most vulnerable who suffer as people in our most deprived communities are 45 per cent more likely to suffer an alcohol related death than those on the highest incomes.

It is clear local action is not enough. We need your help.

– Open letter from 12 council leaders

The letter asks the Government to put measures to tackle alcohol into the election manifesto.

  • Introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol set at 50p per unit.
  • Take measures to protect our children from the influence of alcohol marketing.
  • Review the licensing act, turning it into a strategic tool to be used by localities to minimise harm in their communities.

In the UK we are consuming twice as much alcohol as we did in the middle of the last century. The fact that it is 61 percent more affordable than it was in 1980; that we have seen a 25 per cent increase in off licensed premises selling alcohol; and that the industry is spending at least £800 million a year promoting its products is no coincidence. These are the things we need your help to address.

– Open letter from 12 council leaders

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Doctors from around the world gather in Newcastle

Doctors from all over the world are in Newcastle after being given training in Heart and Lung Transplantation at the Newcastle Surgical Training Centre at the Freeman Hospital.

Leading heart and lung surgeons at the Freeman Hospital showcased their transplant techniques as they hosted their first International Teaching Course in Heart and Lung (Cardiopulmonary) Transplantation.

Lead surgeon Professor Stephen Clark, has spoken of the benefits of courses like this:

Calls to raise awareness of 'the silent killer'

The husband of a woman who died from blood poisoning has called for more to be done to raise awareness and training in hospitals.

Carole Darkes from Spennymoor died in 2009, 27 hours after being admitted.

Mr Darkes says not enough is known about blood poisoning, which his family now call the silent killer:

Julie Mellor, the Health Service Ombudsman, has also called for improvements within the NHS to be sped up.

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