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The former Prime Minister Tony Blair was back in the North East celebrating the sixth anniversary of the foundation he launched on stepping down.
It helps recruit volunteer sports coaches, to get more children and young people into new sports. And he couldn't resist joining in.
Three hospitals in our region will be investigated over links with Jimmy Savile.
They are the RVI in Newcastle, as well as the former Dryburn Hospital in Durham and Whitby Memorial Hospital.
This is a recording of Helen Ford's report live outside the RVI.
– County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
“The Trust can confirm that it has been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which refers to Dryburn Hospital. This information does not refer to contact with patients. Dryburn Hospital closed in 2001. As the legacy organisation for the hospital, the Trust will investigate this information and respond as required.”
– York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
“York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust can confirm that it has been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which names the Whitby Memorial Hospital, for investigation. We will work closely with the Department of Health to investigate the matter thoroughly.”
Tony Blair is on Tyneside to visit a sport complex in Gosforth which has benefitted his from foundation.
He met with volunteer coaches at Newcastle Cricket Centre.
Tony Blair listening to volunteer sports coaches at Newcastle Cricket Centre in Gosforth, which has benefitted from money from the Tony Blair Sports Foundation.
Three hospitals in the North East will be investigated over links to Jimmy Savile, the government confirmed.
The RVI in Newcastle, the Dryburn hospital and Whitby Memorial hospital are among 19 to be investigated over links to the serial sex attacker.
It brings the total number of hospitals to 32.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said he expected reports examining visits by the late DJ to those hospitals to be completed by June 2014.
Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is meeting volunteers at his Sports Foundation to celebrate the charity's six years.
Tony Blair is in the North East to celebrate six years of opening up grassroots sports to people in the region. He is meeting coaches and volunteers who have been trained with support from the charity.