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
Richard Kilty and Laura Weightman are among four North East competing for Great Britain at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing
Teen charged with planning mass murder at former college defends keeping stash at home and says: "I wasn't going to ******* shoot anyone".
Patient thanks the Great North Air Ambulance Service who quickly treated him and flew him to hospital.