Staff at a hospital take part in an exercise to test Britain's readiness for an Ebola outbreak

David Banks: I'm on my way back from west Africa - and my friends are prepared

Journal columnist David Banks heads back to Northumberland after his trip to Africa - where they see Ebola rather differently

A plane leaving Newcastle Airport

Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods calls for Ebola screening at Newcastle Airport

Ebola victims could be treated at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary - but MPs are angry at lack of screening at Newcastle Airport

Dr George Rae from the Beaumont park medical group in Whitley Bay

Doctors in the region hit out at the Prime Minister’s pledge to open GP services seven days a week

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North East GPs have criticised David Cameron's plan to open GP services seven days a week by 2020\n

A vaccine against meningitis B will be introduced on the NHS for young babies if costs can be agreed

Vaccine U-turn welcomed by North East MP

A decision to make a vaccine against deadly meningitis B available on the NHS for young babies has been welcomed by campaigning North East MP Sharon Hodgson

The Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

Top medic Sir Roger Boyle believes heart surgery should remain in the North East

Former national ‘heart tsar’ Sir Roger Boyle believes children’s heart surgery should remain at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital

The Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

Newcastle Freeman Hospital faces wait for heart services review results

The long awaited decision over heart services in England could take until next year to be completed as the scope of the audit has widened

A Hospital Accident and Emergency department

North East NHS managers get pay rises as nurses' salaries cut in real terms

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Analysis by Royal College of Nursing shows North East NHS chiefs get pay rises as frontline staff get pay cuts of up to 12% in real terms

North East Ambulance Service

We've got the best ambulance service but is it good enough?

Some patients in the North East are being forced to wait up to six hours for an ambulance, according to the latest figures

Prime Minister David Cameron

I back opportunity for all, says David Cameron

Conservative leader David Cameron will paint himself as champion of industry in key conference speech

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

North East MPs attack Government over hospital winter fund neglect

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced plans for a new £250m fund to help hospitals this winter - none of which will go to North East hospitals

The Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

North East MP accuses government of playing politics over heart unit

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is under fire after delaying the decision on the future of children's heart surgery

The Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

Year's wait to hear fate of heart care at the Freeman Hospital

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NHS England says a definitive ruling on the streamlining of paediatric cardiac surgery is expected to be announced in June 2014 at the earliest

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in Newcastle for a conference on dementia

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt praises North East’s children’s heart unit

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has praised the work of the North East’s children’s heart unit, but would not comment on its future

Paul Sharpe with daughter Makena at the Children's Heart Unit

Fresh delays over future of Newcastle children's heart unit

Fresh delays in deciding the future of children’s heart surgery is destabilising services and putting young lives at risk in the North East, it has been claimed

Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt who is to review childrens heart units

Plans to close three children's heart surgery units suspended

Plans to close three children’s heart surgery units were suspended by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today

A nurse giving a patient a meal

North East RCN slams inequalities in health funding

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Nurses’ leaders have insisted that the Government must take “urgent action” to address the variation in early death rates between the north and south

Dante-Alexander McIntyre with mum Di at the Freeman Hospital's children's heart unit

Minister set to announce children's heart units review report

A long-awaited report into the reorganisation of children’s heart surgery services is expected to be made public by the Health Secretary today

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Health Secretary calls for action over early deaths in North East

Jeremy Hunt has attacked a “shocking” variation in early death rates after new figures showed more than 20,000 people in the North East have died too young

Staff in a hospital

Report on NHS minimum staffing levels slated by North East experts

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Health experts in the North East have criticised the Government’s failure to recommend minimum staffing levels in its response to the Mid Staffs report

Tourism chief Jeff Sutheran with his wife Jill in their St Cuthbert's House B&B

North East tourism firms issue 'do not ignore us' plea

TOURISM leaders last night warned the North East is in danger of becoming England’s “forgotten cousin” as efforts to promote the region flounder.

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