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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These scenes at Wansbeck are mirrored at picket lines across the country as NHS workers take part in a four hour strike. It is in protest of the government's decision not to accept a recommended 1%pay rise for all NHS workers.
Unions have accused the Government of lying over NHS pay as health workers across the country take to the picket lines.
The Government said it had put forward plans to guarantee all staff would get at least 1% this year and next, but they had been rejected by the unions.
Unison leader Dave Prentis said: "It's ludicrous that the Government is keeping up the pretence that all staff are getting a 1% pay rise, and it doesn't matter how often they say it; it's simply not true."
He said the 1% pay rise recommended by the independent NHS Pay Review Body for all NHS workers had been rejected by the Government.
A Department of Health spokesman said: "NHS staff are our greatest asset and we want to make the current pay system fairer - which is why we have put forward proposals that would guarantee all staff would get at least a 1% pay rise this year and next, but these have been rejected by the unions.
"We have taken tough decisions to increase the NHS budget, but we can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs."
"Robust plans" are in place to protect patients during a four-hour strike by thousands of health workers today, NHS England said.
Around 150 police officers will drive or help crew ambulances in London as part of the plans, with paramedics among those walking out in the row over pay.
NHS organisations have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action.
We are working with the NHS to ensure there are robust plans for November 24 that protect the safety, welfare and service provided to patients.
NHS workers will stage a four-hour strike today in a row with the Government over pay.
Midwives, nurses, radiographers, paramedics and psychiatric staff will walk out from 7am in England and 8am in Northern Ireland in protest at the Government's refusal to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS employees.
Unison leader Dave Prentis said the second strike in a month should "sound alarm bells" in Westminster as the "anger is spreading".
A Department of Health spokesperson said the government "can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs".
Today is the second day of action for NHS staff in our region - including midwives, who walked out on strike for the first time ever yesterday in a row over pay.
Today, union members from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will follow yesterday's four-hour walk-out with four days of "work to rule".
Tony Pearson, from Unison Yorkshire and Humberside, explains that it is to demonstrate NHS workers often work through their breaks.
Trade unions want a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff, but the government says that will cost too much.