It's emerged a Darlington doctor drove a patient with a heart condition to hospital himself after being told there'd be a two hour wait for an ambulance car. The GP says he's seriously concerned about the mounting pressures on paramedics. The North East Ambulance Service says it's investigating.
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The Government has announced that 16 North East schools will benefit from a £140 million grant under the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:
?It is crucial that we invest properly in education, so that every child has a fair start in life.
Thousands of pupils will benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms thanks to this ?funding.
Children can't learn and teachers can't teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs.
To create a stronger economy we have to invest in a fairer society so that our young people can be successful in the future.
Sixteen schools across the North East will see their buildings either rebuilt or refurbished under a new government scheme.
The schools, which include Vane Road Primary School in Durham and Dinnington First School in Newcastle, will benefit from a £140 million grant as part of the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.
Paul Brand presents this month's political programme from Westminster.
North East MPs Bridget Phillipson and Ian Swales are among the guests to discuss the ups and downs of the election campaign so far.
Also in the programme; how much do we need to earn, to be able to have a decent life?
Join Paul Brand for Around The House, tonight (Thurs 22 January) at the new earlier time of 10.40pm.
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Ambulance crews say the service is creaking at the seams after a 30 per cent increase in serious emergency calls.
In any one day they are now receiving two thousand calls across the North East.
Here is Paul Liversidge from the NEAS, who says the problem is not a lack of money, but rather the public calling out ambulances when it is not necessary.
The region's paramedics are facing the busiest year they can remember.
Tyne Tees has been following the North East Ambulance Service as they respond to calls between Christmas and New Year.
John Brown, team leader paramedic, says the festive season is not a happy time for everyone.
The North East has been praised in a poll of the best 'Christmas themed streets!' The survey, by Royal Mail, said the region scored highly in a national study, citing names like Holly street, Angel street, Bell street and Garland street as good examples.
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