Joe McElderry has been at the opening of a new chemotherapy unit at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital.
We asked him how important it was for local people to have a local treatment centre.
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A devolution deal has been agreed between the government and Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils.
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