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Thousands join junior doctors' protest in Newcastle

Thousands of people marched through the centre of Newcastle on Saturday, October 24, in protest against changes to junior doctors' contracts.

Some say it will put patients at risk, as the proposals will make doctors tired and more likely to make mistakes. But the government claims the changes are necessary to create a seven-day NHS that woud be safer for patients.

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Missed appointments cost South Tees NHS Trust millions

Health chiefs are urging patients not to miss hospital appointments after 67,500 were wasted last year at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust, which runs The James Cook University Hospital, Friarage Hospital and services at a number of community hospitals, had a “did not attend” (DNA) rate of 8% in the last financial year.

This cost the trust more than £1.6million in wasted staff time – the equivalent of paying for 74 registered nurses – and approximately £5m in lost income.

Sue Clark, assistant practitioner, and Julie MacDonald, cardiothoracic administrator, in the cardiothoracic outpatients department at The James Cook University Hospital (left to right) Credit: South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

This does not take into account those cancelled at short notice which subsequently could not be filled.

Members of the public are being urged to:

  • turn up to appointments on time
  • let hospital staff know as soon as possible if they are not going to be able to attend
  • ensure their GP surgery has their correct address and contact details.

Appointments can be cancelled by calling individual departments or online at

NHS March: 'plenty at stake'

Protestors at a rally in Jarrow say they're campaigning against the proposed closure of the town's walk-in centre, as well as current NHS under-funding.

The health group behind the plan insists that moving the centre to another hospital will improve services. And The Prime Minister, today, said the government had increased NHS spending year on year.

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