Opus Medigas launches in South Tyneside to deliver vital medical gases to health organisations

The Boldon-based business is an offshoot of Opus Building Services, formed late last year by directors Gavin Richardson and Bryan Wood-Laine

Ed Balls on Labour's vision for the North East economy

The Shadow Chancellor writes exclusively for The Journal ahead of a visit to the region

David Cliff: Our NHS is simply the plaything of the election season

  • NHS

David Cliff runs a businessman's eye over the National Health Service and finds deep problems we haven't yet begun to address

Keith Hann: Don't call me fat. It's a mental condition

  • NHS

Journal columnist Keith Hann thought he had licence to mock his fellow fatties. But it appears not...

As the health service faces growing pressures, is the NHS too dependent on foreign doctors?

  • NHS

Health leaders in the North East say they welcome highly-trained foreign doctors

Appointments: Vocare appoints head of commercial to manage planned growth

Newcastle-headquartered Vocare, a provider of outsourced clinical healthcare services to the NHS, has appointed Carl Moffett as commercial director

Danieli Holdings keen to create jobs through new healthcare firm

  • NHS

The Newcastle group sold domiciliary business Careline Homecare in 2011, but now has ambitious plans after returning to the sector

David Taylor-Gooby: If we want the EU to succeed it has to show it is benefiting ordinary people

Journal columnist and author David Taylor-Gooby on the lessons the EU must draw from the painful negotiations over Greece's debt

Denise Robertson: My prescription for the NHS

  • NHS

Journal columnist and TV personality Denise Robertson on her 12-point plan to rescue the NHS from both the main parties

Paul Linford: Why Alan Milburn should have kept his mouth shut

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Journal columnist Paul Linford on why Labour's former health secretary was wrong to criticise his party's approach on the NHS

Paul Linford: An answer to the English Question - or just the same old muddle?

The Journal's political columnist looks at the developments this week and asks what - if anything - is in it for the North East

Richard Kirkman: My finger was poorly and so I went to accident and emergency

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The Journal's Richard Kirkman on one reason why casualty departments are under pressure - too many people with trivial ailments are sent there

The Journal Opinion: Help needed, but not necessarily at A&E

  • NHS

The Journal Opinion for January 13 in which we look at the situation at some A&E departments in hospitals

David Taylor-Gooby: We can ease fears over immigration by tackling the UK's regional imbalance

Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says concerns over migration can be resolved if regions like the North East can compete with London

Gill Hale: The cuts aren't transforming North East services. They are decimating them

Unison regional secretary Gill Hale says the threat to public services makes this the most crucial of general elections

Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary maternity unit gets special honour

Mums praise care they received from RVI staff in Newcastle who supported them after birth of their children

Keith Hann: For the NHS, Santa is never going to deliver

  • NHS

Journal columnist Keith Hann on how our expectations for the National Health Service run far ahead of what can realistically be delivered

Labour claims Tories would destroy the NHS as election campaign begins in earnest

  • NHS

The performance of North East Ambulance service came under the spotlight as parties clashed over health and public finances

North East politics 2014: Jonathan Walker looks back at the events of 2014

Jonathan Walker looks back on the events that shaped 2014 in the region

NHS is in rude health reveals exclusive Journal poll

  • NHS

Our survey of people in the North East and the UK suggests backing for the NHS has remained strong

Mental illness sufferer tells of her long journey away from the panic attacks

  • NHS

Emily Mirren, a sufferer of mental illness, tells of her journey away from the panic attacks and towards a better and stronger future

North East set to establish itself at forefront of NHS international volunteering

  • NHS

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust secures £25,000 to expand its award-winning international volunteering work

Newcastle experts set to deliver world-leading project in fight against cancer and rare diseases

  • NHS

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is chosen as one of 11 centres in country to lead breakthrough genomics project

Jonathan Arnott: Labour's record on the NHS is nothing like as strong as it makes out

  • NHS

North East Ukip MEP Jonathan Arnott says Labour does not have the right prescription for the NHS - and there is all the proof you need in Wales

Northumbria health chief joins medical director of the NHS to discuss future of urgent and emergency care

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North East medical director, David Evans, meets healthcare leaders to share learning about new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital

Minister warns NHS needs urgent action to help it cope with A&E attendances this winter

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham insists that the NHS needs urgent action to cope with A&E over the winter months

George Osborne's cuts will damage public services warns Lib Dem peer

Public haven't yet grasped the scale of cuts in services the Government plans, warns leading North East peer

Globetrotting Billingham au pair lands new vocation working with her mother

  • NHS

Sara Short travelled the world before discovering her dream vocation was right on her doorstep back home in Billingham

The view on Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement from the North East

Mixed reaction to Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement from the region compared to the acclaim he received in the South East

The Journal Opinion: Ticking boxes and pulling strings

The Journal's opinion column for Thursday December 4, where we look at Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement

Young Tyneside entrepreneur spots comparison tool gap in fitness market

NHS health trainer Adam McGill has invested £15,000 to launch OFFPEEK.com - a site which compares gym memberships and personal trainers

Labour MPs back anti-'privatisation' NHS Bill

Labour calls for an end to 'privatisation' of NHS

MP Dave Anderson to probe NHS treatments of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

  • NHS

Blaydon's Dave Anderson lost brother, sister, nephew and two nieces to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and will probe NHS treatments

David Banks: How Band Aid turned into nobodies

Journal columnist David Banks on how 30 years of Do They Know It's Christmas have managed to turn him into his own father

Newcastle firm is doing its best to improve fitness levels of its employees

Creative communications agency OPR in Newcastle has launched its own running club to encourage staff to keep fit

Four in ten North East NHS users don't know how to access out of hours GP services

  • NHS

Four in ten health service users in the North East do not know how to contact a GP outside usual working hours.

'Press manufacturing' Labour leadership crisis say North MPs backing Ed Miliband

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns said he was 'oblivious' to any plot to oust embattled Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

The Monday Interview: Keith Taylor, managing director of BW Medical Accountants

After years of working for others Keith Taylor took the plunge to set up his own firm - and it is already tripling expectations - He met Coreena Ford

Cancer blood test company gets Go Digital Newcastle boost

Funding from Go Digital Newcastle’s business support programme will speed up Biosignatures' research

Newcastle physiotherapy practice expands into new facility

Managing director Neeraj Nayyar is also growing the workforce at Gosforth-based Physiotherapy Matters Limited


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