New figures released today show only one NHS Trust in our region was meeting the Government's own target of seeing 95% of A&E patients in four hours over the New Year Period.
Hospitals in Newcastle have even asked for staff from other departments to volunteer to work in A&E.
Meanwhile, doctors have warned this year's flu vaccine might not protect against all strains, after a mutation of the illness. They said this could be contributing to to some of the extra accident and emergency admissions.
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A campaign charity is urging people struggling with their finances after Christmas to come forward and seek help.
Thrive, based on Teesside, aims to close the gap between the rich and the poor.
It warns the region is facing a debt crisis this year unless action is taken.
135 jobs will go in the North East and North Yorkshire after the administrators of City Link announced a deal to keep the delivery firm afloat foundered.
A workforce of just 371 will remain to process parcels still in the network and to help wind down operations.
Administrators Ernst & Young said that an offer for the firm had been made by a consortium "which offered no money up front" and that no deal had been reached.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers has announced that it has been made aware of a credible bidder to possibly take over some or all of the City Link trading operation.
"Within the past 24 hours RMT has been made aware of what we believe to be a credible bid to take over some or all of the City Link trading operation.
At this stage we have no further details and we understand the matter is in the hands of the administrators with the government and Vince Cable aware of the situation.
With today key in terms of redundancies RMT is urging the administrators to suspend the redundancy process and work with the Government and ?the administrators to urgently evaluate and act on any viable options that could keep City Link trading as a going concern."
Chris Trattles, who works at the depot in Leeming, says, if he leaves, he leaves with his head high. City Link went into administration on Christmas Eve.
Chris Trattles, who works at City Link in Leeming, North Yorkshire, says he heard that the company had gone into administration on Christmas Day.
The founder of City Link's parent company has revealed that the government knew City Link could fail before the Christmas Day announcement that more than 2,000 workers will lose their jobs.
Jon Moulton told the BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We advised BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) of the possibility of the failure of City Link some days before it went down and we have had no request for a meeting."
The RMT union said they have written to Business Secretary Vince Cable and administrators Ernst and Young to explore options to save the company ahead of the company's expected New Year's Eve closure.
Staff at City Link depots in the North East are in meetings this morning with the firm's administrators.
Staff at the Gateshead depot told ITV Tyne Tees they are expecting to meet with administrators at 7am.
Many haven't been officially told that the company has entered administration, only learning from ITV news on Chirstmas Day.
The RMT Union says it expects the majority of staff to be made redundant on New Year's Eve, with some kept on to complete deliveries and wind the company down.
135 people are employed at three City Link depots in Tyne and Wear, County Durham and North Yorkshire.