Labour leader Ed Miliband

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

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

Shadow Health secretary Andy Burnham

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

Julie Pörksen and Sir Alan Beith at Berwick Ambulance Station

More than 1,200 in a week back Berwick petition for increased ambulance cover

Sir Alan Beith and Lib dem campaigner Julie Porksen have led a campaign for improved ambulance cover in Berwick

An ambulance

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

A car used by Northern Doctors Urgent Care

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

Stephen Slater of RMT, Natalia Blagburn of Rivers, who have supported REALsafe, and Andrew Richardson and Zoe Farrington of REALsafe technologies

North East business stars on national stage

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

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

Ambulance outside the entrance to an Accident and Emergency department

North East Ambulance Service paramedics gave 75 doses of out-of-date drugs

Ambulance chiefs referred their organisation to an independent health regulator after paramedics administered out-of-date drugs\n

Sheila Broadbent and her son Jack from Norham, North Northumberland

Fears over impact of Scottish independence on access to healthcare for Berwick residents

Concerns have been voiced over whether people in Berwick will still be able to access healthcare services in Scotland should it become independent

James Turnbull and his twin sister Emily, 11, with Sgt. Michelle Jahangiri, at Pilgrim Street Police Station

Police officers will take part in a football match to raise money for the Bubble Foundation

Police officers will put on their football gear to participate in a tournament to support the Bubble Foundation

Yannick Raimbault, of the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Resilience Manager at the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS)

North East Ambulance Service manager sent to Yorkshire to help with Le Tour

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French-born Yannick Raimbault helped plan medical support for the famous cycle race as it made its Grand Depart from his homeland into Yorkshire

Ambulance outside the entrance to an Accident and Emergency department

Berwick MP calls for increased ambulance cover in North Northumberland

Sir Alan Beith has called for more ambulances to be based in Berwick to cut waiting times in emergencies


Outrage as elderly woman forced to wait three hours for ambulance with broken hip

North East MPs have warned that the region's ambulance service cannot cope with the demands placed on it

North East Ambulance Service Chief Executive Simon Featherstone

North East ambulance chiefs criticised for 'failing to screen more than 125 frontline staff'

A report compiled by the Care Quality Commission found shortfalls in a host of areas within the North East Ambulance Service

Emergency services at the scene in Sunderland where the roof of Hair Philosophy collapsed

Miracle escape as Sunderland hair salon ceiling collapse leaves seven trapped

Witnesses reported seeing stricken customers screaming from window of the Hair Philosophy store in Sunderland

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth

Northumberland County Council forms group to investigate health care fears

Northumberland County Council has formed a working group to investigate concerns over health care provision in Berwick

Sheila Penman with her son Jack

Concerns over ambulance cover in rural Northumberland

Jack Penman, from Norham, near Berwick, was forced to wait an hour and 10 minutes for the vehicle to come 40 miles from Amble, despite fears he had meningitis

Ambulance staff were not checked for criminal convictions

Failures revealed on North East NHS crime checks

The probe began after the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust discovered it had no record of Disclosure and Barring Service checks for 388 staff.

Keith Hall and wife Isobel pictured in 2003

Anger at care home patient's 90 minute wait on the floor for ambulance

A Northumberland woman with broken bones lay on a care home floor for more than an hour before paramedics arrived to take her to hospital

North East Ambulance Service Chief Executive Simon Featherstone

North East ambulance chief Simon Featherstone announces retirement

One of the longest-serving ambulance leaders in the country, Simon Featherstone, is retiring from his post as chief executive of the NEAS


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