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Healthcare boss hits out at Government NHS pay stance

George Barron, Branch Secretary at Northumbria Health Care, has hit out at the Government ahead of today's strike action involving NHS workers.

He said:

Health service workers provide essential support to us all when we most need it.

We are constantly coping with organisational change and adapting to ever increasing demands. Yet the Government have given us a very clear message that our contribution to society is not valued.

It is not surprising that we are angry and upset that Jeremy Hunt, who along with other MPs, next year will be getting an 11% pay increase, is denying the majority of health workers even a modest 1% pay increase

– George Barron, Northumbria Health Care

Unison members to strike over NHS pay row

Flags waved by members of Unison Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nurses and hospital workers across the North East will walk out today in their first pay strike for 32 years.

Unison members working in the NHS across the region will go on strike against the Government's rejection of a 1% pay increase offer, which was recommended by an independent pay review body.

Union members will be staging a four hour strike from 7am to 11am, followed by four days of industrial action short of striking, such as refusing to work overtime.

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Army to drive ambulances during public sector strikes

Members of the armed forces will drive ambulances in London and the north-west when public sector workers go on strike on Monday, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Ambulances in the north west and London will be driven by army personnel. Credit: Eamonn and James Clarke/EMPICS Entertainment

An MoD spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the Ministry of Defence is providing support to the Department of Health during the 13 October industrial action by some trade unions.

"This assistance involves the provision of military drivers to support the London and the North West Ambulance Services.”

Hospital trust 'has worked hard to address concerns'

The South Tees NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to address failings in infection control, finances and leadership.

They came to light after an investigation by Monitor, the NHS health regulator.

In a statement, the Trust said it was already working hard to address concerns.

“We welcome external scrutiny of our activities and so are happy to accept any extra support that Monitor can offer.

"The trust has always had a strong focus on providing high quality, safe services – something that has been recognised locally, regionally and nationally – and while we are facing some tough challenges, not least our financial position, our commitment to providing excellent services and care for our patients will not change."

– Chief executive Prof Tricia Hart

'We need to secure quality patient services for years to come'

The health service regulator has said the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust must fix financial and infection control failings quickly to secure quality patient services.

The trust has been investigated by Monitor after failing to meet NHS waiting times last year.

“This trust has financial and infection control failings that have to be fixed and quickly.

We have taken action because the trust board has not addressed these risks fully.

We need to secure quality patient services for the people of Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire for years to come.

– Frances Shattock, Regional Director at Monitor

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Trust 'in breach of licence to provide healthcare'

The health sector regulator has found South Tees hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in breach of its licence to provide healthcare, following an investigation.

Monitor started looking into the trust when it failed to meet waiting times in October 2013.

As a result of the inquiry, it has agreed to put right infection control, financial and leadership failings through the following actions.

  • Develop and deliver a financial recovery plan
  • Appoint a transformation director
  • Commission an external leadership review to find out what went wrong and why
  • Develop and deliver an action control plan

Action over failings at South Tees hospitals

James Cook in Middlesbrough is one of the hospitals in the trust. Credit: ITV

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to put right failings revealed in an investigation.

Monitor investigated the trust after it failed to meet waiting times in October 2013.

It has agreed to put right leadership, financial and infection control failings.

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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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