Plans to build a 300 million pound super hospital on Teesside have moved a step closer.
Thousands of people - including Foreign Secretary William Hague - attended a rally to protest about proposed cuts at the Friarage hospital.
A contractor at the SSI steel works on Teesside has been taken to hospital with leg injuries.
One of the corridors at the Freeman hospital in Newcastle has been brightened up with some unusual decor - making it the country's first football corridor.
The MP for Richmond, William Hague, has addressed those gathered in Northallerton to march against the proposed closure of the paediatric department at the Friarage Hospital in the town.
As part of his opening speech the Foreign Secretary said that people who live in rural areas 'deserve as good health care as those living in urban areas'.
Hundreds are gathering in Northallerton as a rally against the possible closure of a paediatric and maternity hospital in the town gets underway.
A rolling road closure has been put in place for the march which will take a route from County Hall to the Friarage Hospital at the Bullamoor Memorial Fields, beginning at 2.40pm.
Three police officers remain in hospital after being injured in a gas explosion in Gateshead.
The trio were admitted to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary with serious injuries and burns after the blast at Marion Court on Monday. Police have confirmed that all three are still receiving treatment.
A gas engineer, and a paramedic were also injured and taken to hospital.
Investigations will continue today after a workman was injured in an accident at the SSI steel plant in Redcar. The Great North Air Ambulance, police and fire were called to the plant yesterday afternoon after reports that a lorry driver had been hurt while cleaning his vehicle.
A contractor at the SSI steel works on Teesside has been taken to hospital with leg injuries. He was cleaning his vehicle at the site when the incident happened. He was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening.
The engineer who was inside the flat that exploded in Gateshead last night is due to leave hospital.
The Northern Gas Networks worker was treated for flash burns to his hands and face. His protective clothing prevented more serious injury.
A spokesperson for the company said the engineer showed 'bravery and quick thinking', and that he will be given all the support he needs in the coming weeks and months.