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Food bank demand rises 800% in a year

Food banks surveyed for ITV News said they had more users last year than ever before. One, in Northumberland, saw demand rise by 800%.

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NHS boss visits County Durham hospital he used to work in

The new boss of the NHS has visited a hospital in County Durham. It's Simon Stevens' first day in his new role. The 47 year old met staff and patients at Shotley Bridge Hospital. He started his career at the hospital as a trainee manager 25 years ago.

"I'm spending my first day back in the job meeting patients, nurses and doctors here where I first started in the NHS.

"It's clear from talking to patients that the quality of care is fantastic."

– Simon Stevens



'Traditional partitions of NHS services make no sense'

The new NHS England boss is expected to say that pressure on the health service is "intensifying" and that the way services are delivered to the public "no longer makes much sense".

In a speech, to be delivered to health workers in Newcastle, he is expected to say: "Our traditional partitioning of health services - GPs, hospital outpatients, A&E departments, community nurses, emergency mental health care, out of hours units, ambulance services - no longer makes much sense."

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New NHS England chief takes over

File photo from 2009 of Simon Stevens. Credit: AP Photo

The traditional way some NHS services are delivered "no longer makes much sense", the new NHS boss will say.

Simon Stevens, a former private health firm executive, will start his new job as chief executive of NHS England today.

In a speech, which will be delivered to health workers in Newcastle, Mr Stevens will say that pressure on the health service is "intensifying" and that the traditional "partitioning" of services is no longer fit for purpose.


North East house prices fall - now average £97,332

The North East was the only region in the UK where house prices fell over the last year, with a drop of 1.3% taking the average house price to £97,332.

Houses in the North East are worth an average £97,000 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

By contrast, the national average house price rose by 5.3% to £170,000 in the 12 months to February, according to data from the Land Registry.

Ed Stansfield, chief property economist at Capital Economics, said the figures show the "huge divergence in price pressures across the country".

He pointed out that unlike some house price surveys, the Land Registry figures include cash buyers, rather than just people who use a mortgage to buy a property.

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