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  • Keep North Tees Haematology Ward Open
    The people of Teesside and the surrounding area have a higher than average incidence of complex blood disorders. This is almost certainly due to the history of chemical manufacturing in the area. The Haematology Ward has eight beds and caters for those patients with the most complex needs, usually when they are at crisis point. The current staff are all totally dedicated to improving the well-being of these patients and are devastated by the news of the planned closure. Although there are currently no plans to close the Haematology Day Unit at North Tees, the loss of the Haematology Ward will mean that patients will not receive the vital continuity of care that they must have when their condition requires a stay in hospital. Instead it is planned to send them to either South Tees or Sunderland. It is unbelievable that the Trust plans to throw in the towel. What next? The NHS faces death by a thousand cuts. Please help to stop this being one of them! Link to the article on http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/haematology-unit-university-hospital-north-7774622?ref=BreakingNewsTeesside&utm_medium=facebook
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  • Save Jarrow Walk In Centre
    The Walk In Centre is easily accessible and an excellent service used by more than 27,000 people last year. Local people are very concerned at the prospect of losing this local facility and feel the District Hospital in South Shields as an alternative is out of the way. Waiting 2 weeks to see a GP is not an option for worried parents with poorly kids, the elderly, and vulnerable patients. The Walk In Centre is a prime example of Right Treatment, Right Time, Right Place.
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  • Save Newcastle Sure Start
    Sure Start Children's Centre services in Newcastle are facing a two thirds cut in funding over the next three years. This will mean closure of services, buildings, parents groups, activity for young children across the city. It will mean at least 100 jobs will be lost across the council and the voluntary sector. It will mean the opportunities for children and parents will continue to be worsened, following significant cuts already 2010, and the axing of the councils play and youth services last year. SSCCs in Newcastle are all rated Good and Outstanding by Ofsted, reach the vast majority of children under 5 and their families offering universal as well as targeted services. The council proposals:  For the three year budget cycle (2013 – 2016) - the cuts proposed equate to over £5 milllion (or approx. 65% of the total budget) The first £1 million savings have already been agreed, with a proposal for a further £1 million this year and then £3 million for the year 2015-16.   Overall the cuts since 2011 will equate to over 70% with the budget being reduced to less than £3 million from approximately £10 million in 2010-11.   The review of Sure Start and Early Years Services has now been incorporated with the Family Services Review which is being asked to cut £670,000 over the next two years out of budget of £2.3 million which is a 34% cut in services to the most vulnerable families, children and young people.   50% of these services are delivered by the council and 50% by the Community and Voluntary Sector. The city council have estimated that for the work they directly deliver this would equate to the lost of 63 full time equivalent posts (i.e. this will actually be more than 63 people losing their jobs as many jobs are part-time or may be job share) we can only estimate that the equivalent level of job cuts would be made by the Community and Voluntary sector meaning the job cuts proposed would be at least 126 full time posts (probably between 130 and 180 people losing their jobs)   The review has not identified which Sure Start Children’s Centres, Services, Buildings or staff will face cuts.   The councils review timetable includes: ·         April 2014 onwards: Options appraisal (looking with partners at what the cuts could like and coming up with proposals) ·         July 2014: Consultation on the proposed cuts and closures ·         August 2014: Partners agree which options are to be implemented ·         September 2014: Implementation of the cuts for both 2014-15 and 2015-16. ·         March 2015: All cuts implemented.   The councils proposals for 2014 – 2016: http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/sites/drupalncc.newcastle.gov.uk/files/wwwfileroot/your-council-and-democracy/budget_2014-15_-_pc_-_2_-_family_services_review_0-25_incorporating_early_years.pdf   Previous year budgets: http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/budget-annual-report-and-spending/budget   Unison’s campaign page: http://unison-newcastle.org.uk/sure-start.html   Motion passed at Unison Newcastle City AGM: http://www.unison-newcastle.org.uk/assets/files/AGM2014/140210_18%20Motion%20-%20Save%20Sure%20Start.pdf
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  • Save the Richardson Eating Disorder Inpatient Service in Newcastle
    People suffering from eating disorders are an extremely vulnerable group. The disorders can become so severe that admission to an inpatient unit is required in order to save their lives. Being admitted to hospital is a difficult time for patients and their families, but for people with eating disorders it can be made more challenging by the length of admissions required for successful treatment; often 6-12 months. Imagine if your son, daughter, mother, father, relative or friend was desperately ill with an eating disorder, where their life was in danger and the only thing that could help them would be to admit them to a specialised eating disorder unit. That would be difficult; right! now imagine that not only did they have to go into hospital, but they had to do so hundred of miles away from home. Currently in Newcastle if someone finds themselves in need of inpatient treatment they are no longer allowed to go to the Richardson Eating Disorder Service (REDS) at the RVI, a centre which has been providing the highest quality of care and support for people with eating disorders for over 16 years and has just been awarded the Beat award for Clinical Excellence. Instead patients must travel to the a commissioned unit, the nearest of which is in Darlington (almost an hour from Newcastle) and if that unit is full then they must go even further afield. It is recognised by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) that this group of patients must be treated in a unit with access to specialists and just as important, that they are treated near to their homes, so that family and friends can be able to visit regularly and support them through the treatment. So despite the guidelines from NICE, patients in the north east of England are being disadvantaged and made to suffer more by leaving their family and friends for months and months in order to receive the vital treatment they need. At NEEDAG we are getting increasing number of patients who are refusing to go in to treatment because they have to leave behind their family and friends. They are literally putting their lives in danger because NHS England is not meeting the needs of this vulnerable and at risk group of patients. We would like NHS England to reconsider the decision to close the Richardson Eating Disorder Service, it is clear that the north east of England needs to have more inpatient beds for eating disorders, highlighted by a recent review which showed the need for inpatient treatment for eating disorders in the north east of England had risen by 300% (greater than another region in England) and yet we have one specialist unit to meet the demand. At NEEDAG we feel that the current service in Darlington is needed, but we question whether it is actually capable of meeting the needs of patients in the north east. There are currently no inpatient beds between Edinburgh to Darlington and yet as you go south of Darlington, you find inpatient beds in York, Leeds and Sheffield. Given the evidence to show eating disorder patients need to be treated by specialist teams and close to their family and friends, NHS England is not fulfilling it responsibility to these patients in the North East of England.
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  • Save Moorbank Botanic Garden, Newcastle
    Moorbank Botanic Gardens are under threat. In October 2012, Newcastle University revealed they were withdrawing support from the site that they have occupied for 90 years. Since then, the 50 garden volunteers, the Friends of Moorbank, have been working hard to save the garden and keep it open to the public. We have put forward plans to take over the care of the gardens but these have been rejected by the Freemen of Newcastle who are the landlords. They are planning to close the site to the public and relocate the plants of botanical interest. Thousands of visitors have taken the opportunity to enjoy Moorbank and learn more about plants, since the Friends of Moorbank was formed and volunteers opened the gates 10 years ago. Moorbank holds collections of rare plants not found in other UK botanic gardens. Losing this vital resource will have significant damage to the UK’s plant collections. There is a huge amount of public support for the gardens, please help us save this wonderful local resource by signing our petition.
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  • Save Highfield Park (HFP)
    I’ve been skating at Highfield Park for over ten years. It’s the only place that provides an outdoor space for families and young people to enjoy. We’ve raised funds that have enabled us to install skating facilities and floodlights so we can use the space in the winter. But now we have 13 years left on the lease. This makes it hard to apply for any other funding to improve the area – benefactors will only invest in something they see being around for the foreseeable future. Lease needs to be over 25 years for funding. It also makes us concerned that the next generation of families and young people won’t be able to enjoy the space that we have. If it wasn’t for the park there would be nowhere in the area for young people to go – we’d end up back on the streets or sitting indoors playing computer games. We already have the support of Councillors, Thompsons of Prudhoe, James Dolan and Bespoke Concrete. – who often helps with digging and putting in new facilities – but we need you to grant us our wish to extend the lease. Highfield Park is a great place for the family and if we continue investing in it then it could be even better. Please help us save Highfield!
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  • Save Newcastle Libraries
    As part of its budget proposals Newcastle City Council is proposing the closure of 10 branch libraries, along with staffing cuts at City Library. Public libraries provide a vital service for all sectors of the community, but it is the most vulnerable who will be hit hardest, just as access to information becomes even more essential in view of all the other government changes which are about to hit. Not everyone affected will be able to afford to travel the increased distance to a library, and children are particularly likely to lose out. Once these local libraries are closed they will never be restored and we will all have lost a vital resource. The City of Newcastle will have suffered irreparable damage to its reputation as a centre for culture and learning. As local author David Almond said recently, "a library is one of humankind's greatest inventions and is at the heart of our culture".
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