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Nurses protest over pay

Glenn Turp, Regional Director, Royal College of Nursing, and Lee Ranyard, a district nurse in North Tyneside, talk to ITV Tyne Tees about their concerns over pay in the NHS.

Nurses in the North East have been demonstrating outside Newcastle's Freeman Hospital in a long-running dispute over pay.

An independent body recommended a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff.

But the government has decided not to award it to those who are already receiving an increase through career progression.

The government says it's all the country can afford, without risking frontline jobs.

One hundred volunteers join hands across the Tyne

One hundred volunteers join hands across the Tyne to mark Volunteers' Week Credit: Volunteer Centre

One hundred volunteers have joined hands on Gateshead Millennium Bridge today to mark 30 years of Volunteers’ Week.

Joining hands to celebrate hard work done by the regions volunteers Credit: Volunteer Centre

It was organised by Volunteer Centres in Gateshead and Newcastle to celebrate people on both sides of the river who give their time to help in their communities.

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"We cannot pay nurses more without risking jobs"

NHS workers are the country's "greatest asset", but the government cannot afford to pay them more without putting frontline jobs at risk, according to the Department of Health.

An independent pay review recommended a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff in 2014, but the government decided not to award it to those who were already receiving an increase because of progression in their careers.

NHS staff are our greatest asset. That's why at a time of severe funding restraint we have been clear that they should receive at least one per cent additional pay this year and next.

We cannot afford a general pay rise on top of incremental pay increases of up to six per cent without risking frontline jobs and safe staffing levels.

We are disappointed that the unions rejected our offer to discuss any alternative proposals on pay, within an available budget of nearly £1 billion. However, our door remains open if they wish to reconsider their position."

– Department of Health spokesperson

Nurses demonstrate outside Freeman Hospital

Nurses from across the North East of England demonstrated outside the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle as part of a long-running dispute over their pay.

An independent pay review body recommended a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff but the government decided not to award it to workers who were already receiving an increase because of progression in their careers.

The Department for Health said that was all the country could afford, without risking jobs.

Members of the Royal College of Nursing gathered outside the Freeman Hospital
The demonstrators called the government's decision "outrageous and unfair"
Student nurses joined their professional colleagues in the protest

Nurses to protest outside Newcastle hospital

Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are expected to stage a protest outside the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle this morning against pay and working conditions.

The RCN claims the Government have failed to honour a commitment to give nursing staff a 1% pay rise this year.

The protest is expected to start around 8:30am.

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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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