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South Tees NHS Trust faces cuts of up to £30 million

The trust responsible for the James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital say they need to save £30 million Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Trust which runs two of the region's major hospitals says it will have to save up to £30 million in the coming year.

The South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, as well as a number of smaller community hospitals.

If the Trust does not cut costs, it could be ranked as 'unsatisfactory' by the health regulator, Monitor. This would then threaten the long-term viability of the organisation.

Critics are concerned about where savings will be made.

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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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