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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Today marks the centenary of the bombardment of Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby.
One hundred years ago today five German battle cruisers struck the North East coast. Many civilians were killed and injured.
People in Hartlepool are marking the centenary this morning.
Tributes will be paid this morning to those killed on the North Yorkshire coastline in the First World War bombardments exactly 100 years ago.
Hundreds of shells rained down on Scarborough before German warships attacked Whitby in 1914. 20 people were killed and hundreds more injured.
Lindy Rowley is from the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.
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Nine days before Christmas in 1914 was the major turning point in the Great War resulting in thousands signing up to fight.
That is because it was the first time the Germans had killed civillians on home soil. The seaside town of Scarborough was one target and 18 people were killed there.
Now a group of volunteers are trying to trace their relatives in time for a special centenary next month. Sarah Clark reports.
On tonight's Around The House, Paul Brand and guests discuss what a future coalition might look like: could the Lib Dems end up supporting Labour and the SNP in government?
Also in the programme, what can the Chancellor offer the North in the Autumn Statement, in the light of warnings of another dip in the economy?
Around The House is tonight (Thurs 20 November) on ITV AT 11.40pm.