Protestors at a rally in Jarrow say they're campaigning against the proposed closure of the town's walk-in centre, as well as current NHS under-funding.
The health group behind the plan insists that moving the centre to another hospital will improve services. And The Prime Minister, today, said the government had increased NHS spending year on year.
Health bosses on South Tyneside have said that a plan that involves closing the NHS Walk-in Centre in Jarrow will lead to more "clinically effective" care.
Under the plans, the Walk-in Centre would close in the autumn and be replaced by a new urgent care hub at South Tynesdie District Hospital.
Dr Matthew Walmsley, a local GP and the Chairman of the South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, said the decision was based on "hard evidence".
Rehena Azam, one of the organisers of today's 'People's March for the NHS', said it the "civic duty" of people to try and protect local NHS services.
"We understand people’s concern, but it’s important to be clear that our plans are based on hard evidence about the most clinically effective ways to provide health care.
"With the walk-in centre and A&E on the same site, patients will be guided to the best service for their needs, which will free up A&E staff to concentrate on genuine emergencies.
"We have been clear from the start that concerns around access to GPs, transport and raising awareness of advice available from places such as local pharmacists must be tackled before the move takes place in the autumn. So, for example, we have already commissioned a detailed independent piece of work to get the clearest possible picture about accessing GPs locally. This will be available shortly and will help us ensure the work we are already undertaking with local practices is on the right track."
A protest rally is being held in Jarrow today to oppose the closure of the town's NHS Walk In Centre.
The South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group made the decision to open a new 'urgent care hub' at South Tyneside District Hospital, in South Shields, and relocate services in Jarrow to the new centre.
At the time the Chair of the CCG and South Tyneside GP, Dr Matthew Walmsley, said:
“Many people continue to queue at A&E for minor ailments, rather than using the walk-in-centre service or their GP. By creating a ‘one stop shop’, with every service behind one front door, we can make sure that patients get the right urgent care, first time, every time.”
But the South Tyneside Public Services Alliance, a trade union-led organisation, is against the move.
They believe parking and travel for people in Hebburn and Jarrow is a big concern.
25-year-old Daniel Smith, from South Tyneside and currently living in Sunderland, was last seen nearly a week ago on Friday, March 20.
Northumbria Police has now released a photograph of the last place he was believed to have visited in Sunderland before he went missing.
Officers are carrying out enquiries and asking anyone who recognises the location to get in contact on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1113 210315.
Police have released CCTV images of a man they wish to trace after coffee was stolen from a South Tyneside store.
The theft happened at 2pm, on Sunday 4 January, at Farmfoods, St James Mall, in Hebburn. The offender entered the store and concealed two jars of coffee in his jacket before leaving.
Anyone who recognises the man or who may have witnessed the theft are asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.
Police have released CCTV images of someone they wish to trace in connection with an alleged case of fraud at a South Tyneside supermarket.
A man entered Sainsburys, on Binchester Street, South Shields between 2pm and 2:10pm on Sunday 8 February and selected two packs of dishwasher tablets. He then took them to the till, claimed he'd already bought them and requested a refund which he received.
Anyone with information about the incident or who recognises the man is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.
A man’s body has been recovered from a beach at a South Tyneside coastal beauty spot.
Police were called to the beach at Whitburn, South Tyneside, just before 7.30am today.
The death is not being treated as suspicious and police said there was no third party involvement.
Police are appealing for witnesses following a spate of overnight break-ins to golf clubs in South Tyneside. Offenders have been targeting tools kept in out-houses and sheds. They've made off with thousands of pounds worth of tools.
A shed belonging to Whitburn Golf Club on Lizard Lane was targeted between January 11 and 12. A second break-in happened at Boldon Golf Club, Dipe Lane in East Boldon, between January 18 and 19. The third also occurred at a shed at Boldon Golf Club and happened on January 19. The fourth incident, an attempted burglary, happened at Whitburn Golf Club between January 21 and 22. Thieves left empty handed.
The final incident happened on January 22, at an outhouse at Boldon Golf Club when offenders forced entry.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
A Travelodge customer was shocked to see a message that said "Im going to rape you" appear on the television screen in her room.
The Whitemare Pool Travelodge has responded with this statement:
"We can confirm that a customer has advised us that an unauthorised message was placed on a television in one of our hotels.
"We have already been in contact with the customer involved and apologised that such a message could appear.
"We take the security of our guests and our systems very seriously and while this is an isolated incident, applicable to only one room, we have consequently launched a full investigation with our television supplier.
"We will take the appropriate action to address any issues that are identified by our investigation and in the interim, we have reaffirmed our guidance to team-members regarding checks on the status of televisions in our guest-rooms."
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