The downgrading of the Children's and Maternity services at the Friarage Hospital could have more far-reaching effects.
Keith Dakin of UNISON believes that the cuts will risk creating more unemployment in the area as well as reducing the quality of services on offer.
More top news
MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland fears Teeside rail services will face 'neglect'.
Magicians from around the world are set to gather in South Shields next year.
Northumbria Police are reminding the public that they may see more armed officers on patrol in the region.