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The "Jarrow March" of 2014

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.

Mothers from Darlington organise the march Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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."

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NHS boss visits County Durham hospital he used to work in

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.

"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."

– Simon Stevens
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'Traditional partitions of NHS services make no sense'

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."

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