Research shows the North East is one of the worst areas in the country for sleep disorders
There's anger that NHS Trusts in the North East won't receive a penny of a £250 million aid package to help hospitals cope over the winter
The Archbishop of York has spoken out against the controversial decision to suspend a children's congenital heart surgery unit in Leeds.
Joanna Adams, who's organising a march from Jarrow to London in protest at how the NHS is run, says she felt it was time to act. The three week march, inspired by the Jarrow jobs crusade of the 1930s, is set to begin in August.
The organiser of the 2014 Jarrow March, in protest against how the NHS is run, says the government will have to listen to them when they arrive in London. Joanna Adams refutes the Department for Health's claim that it's committed to retaining the founding principles of the service.
Joanna Adams is organising the Jarrow to London march as she says many people are unhappy about the way the NHS is run.
A group of mothers from Darlington have announced they're going to march from Jarrow to London in protest against how the NHS is run.
So far more than 600 people from across the country have signed up to go on the march. It will start in August and take more than three weeks to complete.
They say they're angry at the direction in which the NHS is heading.
They've taken their inspiration from the Jarrow March in the 1930s, in which hundreds walked in protest against unemployment.
A Department of Health spokesperson said:
"This Government is completely committed to the founding principles of the NHS - that, for all of us, it is free at the point of use, based on a person's clinical need, not their ability to pay, and there are absolutely no plans to change this."
The new boss of NHS England has been in the North East to discuss future challenges for the NHS.
Simon Stevens started his career in this region.
He started his visit at Shotley Bridge Hospital in County Durham:
The new NHS boss has visited Consett Medical Centre. Simon Stevens had his blood pressure checked and was told that it was slightly high.
His final stop of the day will be the International Centre for Life in Newcastle, where he is expected to say the traditional way some NHS services are delivered "no longer makes much sense".
The new boss of the NHS has visited a hospital in County Durham. It's Simon Stevens' first day in his new role. The 47 year old met staff and patients at Shotley Bridge Hospital. He started his career at the hospital as a trainee manager 25 years ago.
– Simon Stevens
"I'm spending my first day back in the job meeting patients, nurses and doctors here where I first started in the NHS.
"It's clear from talking to patients that the quality of care is fantastic."
The traditional way some NHS services are delivered "no longer makes much sense", the new NHS boss will tell health workers in Newcastle.
Simon Stevens began his career working at Shotley Bridge Hospital. He will be back in the region to talk about the pressures on NHS services and how the 'partitioning' of services is no longer fit for purpose.
The NHS is sustainable but in need of reform, which should "start with the care of older people", Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham told Daybreak.
Hospital beds were filling up with elderly people because "services aren't good enough at home in the community" the Labour MP said.
The new NHS England boss is expected to say that pressure on the health service is "intensifying" and that the way services are delivered to the public "no longer makes much sense".
In a speech, to be delivered to health workers in Newcastle, he is expected to say: "Our traditional partitioning of health services - GPs, hospital outpatients, A&E departments, community nurses, emergency mental health care, out of hours units, ambulance services - no longer makes much sense."