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Newcastle council says government cuts are disproportional

Newcastle City council says the Government is cutting council funds at three times the rate in the North East compared to parts of the south.

The council has produced a map that shows that in the next financial year, some councils here will have four per cent less to spend, while authorities in the south will have their budgets increased.

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'Heat map' reveals North East bears highest cuts

A controversial map produced by Newcastle City Council shows that people in the North East are bearing much higher cuts than those in the south.

Heat map 1 - Area change in spending power Credit: Newcastle City Council

The 'heat map' reveals that many councils here have seen funding reduced by more than £225 per head, compared to an increase in southern authority areas.

Heat map 2 - Change in spending power Credit: Newcastle City Council

It also says that the region has seen a near 20% decrease in its spending power, compared to 6.1% in the South East.

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A&E figures expected to show ten-year performance low

Ambulances wait outside an Accident and Emergency department. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Figures out later today could show waiting times at NHS hospitals at their worst level for ten years.

The quarterly statistics that cover October to December of last year may see the health service miss its target of seeing 95% of patients within four hours.

Cliff Mann of the College of Emergency Medicine told the BBC:

A&E units are really busy and services are stretched in many places. There is just not the capacity in the community to get patients out and with record numbers coming in there is gridlock.

The NHS has been given extra money this winter to help it cope, but I am not convinced it has all got through to the places it should. Things are getting very difficult.

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Campaign to boost organ donors

A campaign's been launched to reduce the number of people waiting for vital organ transplants.

Around 7,000 people in the UK are waiting for an operation - some die before a suitable match becomes available.

The government campaign aims to boost numbers on the organ donor register.

Lynn Holt, Transplant Co-ordinator at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle is reminding people in our region to let their family know their wishes.

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