Research shows the North East is one of the worst areas in the country for sleep disorders
There's anger that NHS Trusts in the North East won't receive a penny of a £250 million aid package to help hospitals cope over the winter
The Archbishop of York has spoken out against the controversial decision to suspend a children's congenital heart surgery unit in Leeds.
Brian Sowerby from County Durham has told ITV News that he will never ring the NHS 111 service again, after he felt he was let down so badly before.
Brian Sowerby from County Durham has been speaking to ITV News about his disappointment that he was failed by the NHS 111 service.
He rang the 111 telephone number after a serious lung infection made it difficult for him to breathe, but says that he was questioned for 45 minutes - before he hung up.
He also says that a paramedic did not arrive for an hour.
A spokesperson from the region’s 12 clinical commissioning groups, who commission the NHS 111 and ambulance service for the North East, have released the following statement in response to Mr Sowerby's complaint.
"We are really sorry that Mr Sowerby did not feel he received a good service from the local NHS.
"We hope that Mr Sowerby’s condition has improved and he is feeling better. If he wishes to have the incident looked at more formally, we would advise Mr Sowerby to contact either the ambulance service or his local clinical commissioning group who can respond to him personally.
"As commissioners of these services we welcome any feedback and would always undertake a review of concerns that are raised by patients and the public. "
A man from County Durham says he'll never use the NHS's non-emergency 111 number again saying he feels let down by the service.
Brian Sowerby rang the 111 telephone number after a serious lung infection made it difficult for him to breathe.
However, he says he was asked questions for 45 minutes and that a paramedic did not arrive for an hour.
Leading doctors warned last month that the introduction of the service meant that patients do not know where to turn to help.
Health officials say that the NHS advice line is steadily improving and highly rated by the majority of people who use it. The advice is still to ring 999 in an emergency.
The new non-emergency NHS advice line is "steadily improving" health officials have said, after publishing new figures today.
But the number is still experiencing teething problems, with 66,000 of the 514,000 calls answered in April taking more than a minute to answer.
An NHS England spokeswoman said:
The data published today on the performance of NHS 111 in April 2013 showed the service is steadily improving and is highly rated by those who use it - 92% were very or fairly satisfied with their NHS 111 experience.
The latest figures for the NHS England's 111 service have been published today. According to the report, for the period between April 2011 to March 2013, 92% of callers were very or fairly satisfied with their NHS111 experience.
Last month, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham criticised the service, adding that it was Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's "job to find solutions".
More than 80% of calls to the NHS 111 service were answered within 60 seconds, according to NHS England's latest figures released today. The report found:
- In April, there were 566,532 calls to the 111 service, with 94% (of these calls from people directly dialling 111.
- In the same month, 87% of answered calls made to NHS111 were answered within 60 seconds. Of all calls offered 4% were abandoned after waiting longer than 30 seconds.
- Average length of a call episode for data up to and including April was 8 minutes 09 seconds, with 79% of callers receiving a triage and 6% of answered calls called back.
- On average 27% of call time was handled by clinical staff for all calls up to and including April.
- For the period between April 2011 to March 2013, 92% of callers were very or fairly satisfied with their NHS111 experience.
You can read the full report here.
– Terry Cunliffe, Unite regional officer
Our members are increasingly concerned about patient safety because of the downgrading of the current skill level on NHS frontline vehicles in Yorkshire. We call yet again on the blinkered, hardline management at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to enter into meaningful talks with Unite. The continuing refusal of the management to discuss patient safety - which led to the de-recognition of the union - has left our members with no option but to take further industrial action."
Yorkshire Ambulance workers are staging a fresh strike in a row over spending cuts. Members of Unite will walk out for 12 hours from midday with a further stoppage planned for June 22 if the dispute remains deadlocked.
The row centres on plans by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to make savings of £46 million over the next five years.
Unite, which has 500 members at the trust, said ambulance workloads were increasing by up to 6% every month.
The MP for Thirsk and Malton, Anne McIntosh has sparked controversy by claiming that the number of women GPs who choose to work part-time are putting the health service under strain.
Health Minister Anna Soubry responded initially by saying that Anne McIntosh had made an "important point about the unintended consequences of the number of women training as doctors".
But, following criticism from Dr Clare Gerada, Chair of the Royal College of General Practioners, Ms Soubry said that she had "not intended to be derogatory" and that the number of GPs needed to be increased.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Sir Roger Boyle would play no further part in a review of where children's heart surgery should in future be carried out.
The government's former heart tsar sparked controversy last week when he told the BBC he would not send his daughter for treatment at Leeds General Infirmary's child heart surgery unit.
Mr Hunt said that while Sir Roger was still one of the leading heart surgeons his role in the Safe and Sustainable process aimed at centralising children's heart surgery into specialist centres would end.
He said: "He did the right thing in informing Sir Bruce (Keogh, NHS England Medical Director) about his concerns over Leeds mortality data.
"However it is the view of Sir Bruce, with which I fully concur, his comments to the media on April 11 could be seen as pre-judging any future conclusions made by that review and so it is right he plays no further role in its deliberations."