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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

'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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File photo from 2009 of Simon Stevens. Credit: AP Photo

The traditional way some NHS services are delivered "no longer makes much sense", the new NHS boss will say.

Simon Stevens, a former private health firm executive, will start his new job as chief executive of NHS England today.

In a speech, which will be delivered to health workers in Newcastle, Mr Stevens will say that pressure on the health service is "intensifying" and that the traditional "partitioning" of services is no longer fit for purpose.

Maternity service meeting for the public

Friarage Hospital in Northallerton Credit: ITV News

A public meeting will be held this morning to discuss how maternity care will operate at The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

It follows a decision last week by the hospital to scale back paediatric and maternity services.

The existing service, run by consultants, will become midwife-led.

The changes will start in October.

Today's meeting is being held at The George Hotel in Northallerton and has been organised by NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group.

NHS priority plans come under harsh scrutiny

Plans to prioritise NHS patients according to how much they benefit the economy have been likened to something from Nazi Germany by a north east MP.

The proposed Government drugs policy could mean for example that middle aged men could be judged as having the greatest social value because they tend to earn the most - and so pay more taxes.

As Julie Harrison reports, the MP for Easington, Grahame Morris says that would take treatment way from older and disabled people.

Ambulance workers to strike again tomorrow

Ambulance workers in Yorkshire plan to walk out again tomorrow in a row over shift changes which they say could affect public safety.

Staff walked out at midnight on Friday for a 24-hour strike.

They will strike from 3pm tomorrow for 4 hours.

The chief executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has condemned the latest actions of the workers union, Unite, as 'reckless' and 'neglectful' of patient care.

Unite claim some paramedics could work for 10 hours without a meal break under new longer shift patterns.

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