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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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.
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 southtees.nhs.uk.
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The number of strokes occurring in men in the North East of working age has rocketed by more than a third in seven years, according to the Stroke Association.
Analysis of hospital admissions data by the charity highlights the dramatic increase. It is thought that much of the rise is due to an increase in so-called unhealthy lifestyles.
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.
Health bosses on South Tyneside have said that a plan that involves closing the NHS Walk-in Centre in Jarrow will lead to more "clinically effective" care.
Under the plans, the Walk-in Centre would close in the autumn and be replaced by a new urgent care hub at South Tynesdie District Hospital.
Dr Matthew Walmsley, a local GP and the Chairman of the South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, said the decision was based on "hard evidence".
Rehena Azam, one of the organisers of today's 'People's March for the NHS', said it the "civic duty" of people to try and protect local NHS services.
"We understand people’s concern, but it’s important to be clear that our plans are based on hard evidence about the most clinically effective ways to provide health care.
"With the walk-in centre and A&E on the same site, patients will be guided to the best service for their needs, which will free up A&E staff to concentrate on genuine emergencies.
"We have been clear from the start that concerns around access to GPs, transport and raising awareness of advice available from places such as local pharmacists must be tackled before the move takes place in the autumn. So, for example, we have already commissioned a detailed independent piece of work to get the clearest possible picture about accessing GPs locally. This will be available shortly and will help us ensure the work we are already undertaking with local practices is on the right track."
A protest rally is being held in Jarrow today to oppose the closure of the town's NHS Walk In Centre.
The South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group made the decision to open a new 'urgent care hub' at South Tyneside District Hospital, in South Shields, and relocate services in Jarrow to the new centre.
At the time the Chair of the CCG and South Tyneside GP, Dr Matthew Walmsley, said:
“Many people continue to queue at A&E for minor ailments, rather than using the walk-in-centre service or their GP. By creating a ‘one stop shop’, with every service behind one front door, we can make sure that patients get the right urgent care, first time, every time.”
But the South Tyneside Public Services Alliance, a trade union-led organisation, is against the move.
They believe parking and travel for people in Hebburn and Jarrow is a big concern.
New figures released today show only one NHS Trust in our region was meeting the Government's own target of seeing 95% of A&E patients in four hours over the New Year Period.
Hospitals in Newcastle have even asked for staff from other departments to volunteer to work in A&E.
Meanwhile, doctors have warned this year's flu vaccine might not protect against all strains, after a mutation of the illness. They said this could be contributing to to some of the extra accident and emergency admissions.
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