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Hospital trust 'has worked hard to address concerns'

The South Tees NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to address failings in infection control, finances and leadership.

They came to light after an investigation by Monitor, the NHS health regulator.

In a statement, the Trust said it was already working hard to address concerns.

“We welcome external scrutiny of our activities and so are happy to accept any extra support that Monitor can offer.

"The trust has always had a strong focus on providing high quality, safe services – something that has been recognised locally, regionally and nationally – and while we are facing some tough challenges, not least our financial position, our commitment to providing excellent services and care for our patients will not change."

– Chief executive Prof Tricia Hart

'We need to secure quality patient services for years to come'

The health service regulator has said the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust must fix financial and infection control failings quickly to secure quality patient services.

The trust has been investigated by Monitor after failing to meet NHS waiting times last year.

“This trust has financial and infection control failings that have to be fixed and quickly.

We have taken action because the trust board has not addressed these risks fully.

We need to secure quality patient services for the people of Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire for years to come.

– Frances Shattock, Regional Director at Monitor


Trust 'in breach of licence to provide healthcare'

The health sector regulator has found South Tees hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in breach of its licence to provide healthcare, following an investigation.

Monitor started looking into the trust when it failed to meet waiting times in October 2013.

As a result of the inquiry, it has agreed to put right infection control, financial and leadership failings through the following actions.

  • Develop and deliver a financial recovery plan
  • Appoint a transformation director
  • Commission an external leadership review to find out what went wrong and why
  • Develop and deliver an action control plan

Action over failings at South Tees hospitals

James Cook in Middlesbrough is one of the hospitals in the trust.
James Cook in Middlesbrough is one of the hospitals in the trust. Credit: ITV

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to put right failings revealed in an investigation.

Monitor investigated the trust after it failed to meet waiting times in October 2013.

It has agreed to put right leadership, financial and infection control failings.

More to follow.

Children's cancer: hope for new research centre on Tyneside

A fundraising campaign has been launched to build a specialist children's cancer research facility at Newcastle University.

The Future Fund is aiming to raise £5.5m to develop more targeted treatments for some of the 1,600 children who are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year.

Many current treatments result in severe side-effects, causing extreme pain and discomfort for patients.

It's these side-effects that Newcastle University professor Josef Vormoor wants to eliminate from treatments.

He is joining forces with the Great North Children's Hospital at the RVI - that's one of the most respected child cancer centres in the UK - and the North of England Children's Cancer Research Fund. Their aim is to build a state of the art lab over two floors of this Newcastle University building.


Geordie Shore star backs bone marrow register

Charlotte on Celebrity Big Brother Credit: PA

Geordie Shore star Charlottle Crosby is calling for young men to get on the bone marrow transplant list.Charlotte tweeted a selfie with her Anthony Nolan spit kit which has been retweeted hundreds of times.

The Anthony Nolan register involves spitting into a tube and posting it to the charity which urgently needs more young men aged 16-30 to sign up.

Irish boyband stars raise money for North East charity

Ronan Keating is among the names fundraising for the North East charity Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Celebrities including Ronan Keating, of Boyzone, and Brian McFadden, of Westlife, will be playing golf to raise money for the Bubble Unit at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle.

The 'Golf Rocks' tournament will be held in Berkshire.

Newcastle MP calls for further investigations into Savile

A Newcastle MP has called for further inquiries into the behaviour of the disgraced presenter Jimmy Savile.

A report into Savile's connections with hospitals in Newcastle concluded he had visited on a handful of occasions from the 1980s, with visits appearing to coincide with the Great North Run.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust report concluded that 'nothing untoward occurred and there was continual supervision'.

The Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah asked the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt whether an 'overarching independent inquiry' into Savile was needed. Mr Hunt said such an inquiry was already taking place but he hoped that any further victims of Savile's abuse would be encouraged to come forward.

Watch their exchange here:

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