North East mental health detentions among the highest in England

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Figures on mental health detentions on admission to hospital show the North East has the second highest rate in the country

Bernard Trafford: The Government's offer to pay doctors to diagnose dementia is a gross insult

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Headteacher and Journal columnist Bernard Trafford says the plan to pay GPs £55 if they diagnose dementia is itself demented

Northumberland County Council branded 'secretive and undemocratic' over decision to share services

Deputy leader Dave Ledger and executive director Steven Mason agreed to share functions with councils in Durham and North Tyneside behind closed doors

Hexham hospital changes hands as Private Finance Initiative pay-out deal is finalised

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Hexham General Hospital has transferred to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust after PFI pay-out deal is completed

David Taylor-Gooby: There is no reason why the NHS cannot do things more efficiently

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Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says the future of the NHS poses us some hard questions - but we must try to answer them

NHS spending on private ambulances has soared in the North East

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North East Ambulance Service’s spending on private ambulances has risen a staggering 353% in just three years

Newcastle University aims to bring together researchers from across the North

A new northern powerhouse for health sciences is set to become a ‘Crick of the North’, explains Professor Chris Day, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Newcastle University

Embryonyx doubles in size as sales of Happylegs invention take off

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A healthcare firm is looking to expand into overseas markets with its revolutionary Happylegs product

Gill Hale: NHS staff have been driven to strike but shouldn't be made to feel bad about it

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Unison's North East regional secretary on Monday's NHS strike and how it is a result of deep anger at how they are being treated

Kate Fox: Mental illness is not just an issue for sufferers - it's an issue for us all

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Journal columnist Kate Fox says it is about time we realised that mental illness which goes unrecognised and untreated has an impact on everybody

Dave Anderson: We should integrate the NHS and a national caring service

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Blaydon Labour MP and Journal columnist says the future of the National Health Service will dominate the general election campaign

Calls for transparency after North of Tyne GP out-of-hours bids axed at eleventh hour

Health officials have hit out after clinical commissioning groups halted a near-complete procurement process for GP out of hours services

Paul Linford: The main parties are retreating into their comfort zones as the election nears

The Journal's former political editor looks at the party conferences so far - and says differing visions for the NHS will loom large at the election

South Tyneside cancer patients receive best care shows Macmillan research

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South Tyneside is the top hospital in the country for patient experience of cancer care

David Cameron promises to cut taxes and protect the NHS

The economy and Ed Miliband will be top issues in the Conservative election campaign, the Prime Minister told his colleagues

Cameron puts NHS pledge at heart of conference address

Conservative leader will argue Labour can't be trusted with the NHS because they can't be trusted with the economy

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

Leading oncologist urges health watchdog to approve Newcastle-trialled cancer drug

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Consultant medical oncologist Dr Mark Verrill urges health watchdog to approve funding for pioneering breast cancer treatment

The Journal Opinion: Drop in GP numbers is alarming

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The Journal opinion column for Thursday, September 25, 2014: A crisis looms in GP services, according to a group of prominent family practitioners

Family doctors warn of 'workforce crisis' within general practice in the North East

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Leaders of North East Local Medical Committees have raised fears over GP recruitment and retention in the region

Andy Burnham MP vows to end care home abuse of the elderly

Shadow Health Secretary says he'll fight to end abuse after his grandmother was victim in nursing home

Ed Miliband: We'll heal the NHS with 20,000 extra nurses

Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was ready to lead Britain with a detailed and workmanlike speech

North Labour leader says Scotland should go it alone

Former Mayor of Carlisle said a yes vote would encourage devolution in the North and in the rest of the UK

The Journal Opinion: Future of children’s heart units to be looked into at last

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The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, September 16, in which we look at the future of the children’s heart unit at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital

North East business stars on national stage

North East entrepreneurs Zoe Farrington and David Carr go head-to-head at a national event

Leading North East surgeon pioneering a new procedure for arthritis sufferers

Rajiv Limaye has said the new procedure will offer osteoarthritis patients greater flexibility

North East MEP says public should be consulted on EU-US trade deal

Public should have their say on controversial Transatlantic trade deals critics fear could lead to a privatised NHS

Kidney drug developed by Newcastle scientists recommended for use on NHS

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A drug which stops a rare type of kidney disease has been recommended in draft guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Paul Brannen: The North East may not be a big exporter to Russia - but we need to beware

North East MEP on events at the European parliament, including concerns over the ban on food imports from Russia sparked by the Ukraine crisis

Smoking costs North East councils more than £36m a year in social care costs

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New figures show that councils in the region are paying more than £36m a year to help people with smoking-related illness to live in their own homes

County Durham's Quantum Pharmaceuticals parent group post £9.3m losses

The Burnopfield parent firm of Quantum Pharmaceuticals said trading across its subsidiaries was encouraging

North East Multiple Sclerosis patients to benefit from pioneering drug trialled in Newcastle

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New hope offered to patients with Multiple Sclerosis after guidance has been given for a new treatment on the NHS

Campaigner calls for Scottish border to reach the south bank of the Tyne

Newcastle and parts of Northumberland should join Scotland, according to a political activist

Thousands complaining about North East NHS services

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A new report has revealed that there has been thousands of NHS complaints in the region in 2013/14

North East children visiting the dentist more often new figures show

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The North of England has recorded an increase in the number of children who have seen an NHS dentist since 2006

North East NHS patients hit by huge rise in number of cancelled operations

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Many patients have had their NHS operations cancelled at the last minute by hospitals in the region

Opening of new Sunderland hospital delayed by health watchdog red tape

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A new date has been set for the opening of 122-bed Hopewood Park hospital in Ryhope, Sunderland

Diabetes is costing the North East NHS almost £30million a year

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New figures show that the number of drugs given out to treat diabetes cost the North East NHS almost £30m in 2013/14

Hundreds of new jobs created by pharmaceutical firm in County Durham

A pharmaceutical firm is expanding into the region, bringing 300 jobs North

Leading children's cancer matron backs Newcastle's Future Fund

Jenny Palmer of the Great North Children’s Hospital said the campaign would help improve treatment


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