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.
Proposals to reduce paediatric services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton are to be discussed in detail.
The recommendation came in a report published by the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group last week.
A 72 year old man has died after being hit by a lorry in Newcastle.It happened at the junction of Fossway and Valencia Ave in Walker, at 7.30 am today.
He was taken to the RVI but died injuries.
The lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
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.