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Eve of Court Battle - Protest Vigil

A Judicial Review challenging phase-1 of the downgrading and closure of vital acute health services in South Tyneside will take place at the Administrative Court in Leeds over 3 days from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th of December 2018.

The day before the court case begins we will hold a protest vigil at the Harton Lane entrance to South Tyneside Hospital to remind people of our fight and the ongoing service restructuring that is paving the way for increased privatisation here and throughout England.

The short vigil will be from
12pm until at least 1pm,
Monday 17th December 2018
South Tyneside Hospital
(Harton Lane Entrance)

M*A*S*H Fancy Dress Fundraiser

Saturday 10th of November 2018


The Fountain Inn

Highfield Road

South Shields
Tickets: £10

Call Phil Brown:
07568 172 375
Raffle Tickets:
£1 per strip

NHS 70th Anniversary Celebration

Please join us at the celebration for the 70th anniversary of the NHS - including a drink upon arrival, a two course meal, raffle, auction and live entertainment.

Any money raised from the event will be donated to the Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign.

Thursday July 5th 2018

Arrive 6:30pm for drinks, 7pm for meal

The Quality Hotel


Tickets £20

To book please contact Phil Brown on 07568 172 375

LAfFalAnG Comedy Fundraiser


Friday and Saturday
June 15th and 16th
7:30pm (both days)
Westovian Theatre
(Ocean Road, opposite Haven Point,
South Shields, NE33 2JS)

Tickets Only £13

Tickets are selling fast, so don't delay book today...

Book via The Word (Market Place, South Shields)
Or call the box office on (0191) 424 77 88

Download flyer (JPG) for more details.

Regional March and Rally 2018

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details.

Regional NHS Demo, March 10th, Framlington Place, 10:45am

Protest Lobby

Wednesday 21st February 2018

1pm - 2pm

Meet outside entrance to Hebburn Central / Hub

SSTHC is calling on people to take part in a protest lobby of the South Tyneside and Sunderland CCG.

This is the day the South Tyneside and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group make the decision on the future of Childrens 24/7 A&E, Maternity and stroke services at South Tyneside District Hospital. After the lobby takes place we will be attending the meeting, which is open to the public 2pm till 4pm.

Nothing the CCG decides will take away the right of the people of South Tyneside to the hospital services that they wish to downgrade. It seems we no longer have a public authority standing up for the rights of the people of South Tyneside to healthcare. People have to take control of society and build a movement to safeguard the future of the NHS.
Lunchtime Protest

Join our Lunchtime Vigil Outside Our Hospital

Who Cares - We Care!

Download Leaflet (PDF)

Oppose plans to downgrade acute services
at South Tyneside Hospital:

  • Children and young people's (paediatrics urgent and emergency) services will be downgraded from a 24 hour consultant led service to 12 hours and will be less safe and sustainable to the service we have now.
  • Consultant led Maternity services will go to Sunderland. A possible Midwife led unit may remain but no Consultant led services at STH. STH gives one of the best maternity services in England to South Tyneside and will be less safe and sustainable if it is downgraded.
  • Special care baby unit closed with nearest service Sunderland. This service is vital for South Tyneside mothers-to-be and vulnerable babies.
  • Women's services (gynaecology) covering inpatient surgery where you would need an overnight hospital stay will go to Sunderland.
  • Stroke services specifically hospital (acute) care goes to Sunderland with no recommendation that acute stroke and hospital stroke rehabilitation remains at STH.
March for the Alternative

Save essential children's A&E, maternity and stroke services from being downgraded.


  • Children's and young people's A&E services will be downgraded from a 24 hour consultant led service to a 12 hour service. It will be less safe and sustainable.
  • Consultant led maternity services will go to Sunderland. A possible midwife led unit may remain - but no consultant led services. South Tyneside Hospital currently gives one of the best maternity services in England.
  • The special care baby unit (SCBU) will be closed. The next nearest SCBU is Sunderland. This service is vital for South Tyneside mothers-to-be and vulnerable babies.
  • Women's services (gynaecology) (covering inpatient surgery where you need an overnight hospital stay) will go to Sunderland.
  • Stroke services, specifically hospital acute care will go to Sunderland.

Whilst the claim is that this is a "Path to Excellence", it has not had the involvement, or support of most clinicians and staff. This is just the first of 3-phases, which we fear will include the A&E.

The government's austerity cuts have left a £30bn funding gap in the NHS. Theresa May's minority government plans to continue cutting hospital services throughout England. Cutting hospital budgets, downgrading and closing services, selling NHS land and buildings is happening at an unprecedented pace. It is a necessary part of the process required to privatise the NHS.

“ also have to understand why the government is doing it. It's not just doing it to close the services, it's doing it in order to enable privatisation and the entry of health care insurance companies”

“What the government - this government - is planning, is the wholesale disposal and closure of health services, to leave a rump service behind, and for those who can afford to pay [to] go privately.”

Professor Allyson Pollock - Director, Institute of Health & Society - Newcastle University (2017-09-15)
You might like to download our
Leaflet (PDF) and Poster (PDF)
advertising the march and rally.
Public Meeting, Hedworthfield CA, Friday 15th September, 6:30pm

The panel of speakers will include:

  • Guest speaker Allyson Pollock (Consultant in public health medicine and Director of the Institute of Health and Society - Newcastle University)
  • Emma Lewell-Buck MP (South Shields)
  • Marion Langley (Staff Side Chair - South Tyneside District Hospital)
  • Gemma Taylor (SSTHC Coordinator)
  • Roger Nettleship (SSTHC Chair)
The meeting will be chaired by Stephen Hepburn MP (Jarrow)

On July 5th 2017 details were released of a consultation that threatens to permanently close vital services at South Tyneside Hospital. Whilst health commissioners claim this is a “Path to Excellence”, it is driven by massive cuts to both Sunderland and South Tyneside Hospital budgets, and it has not had the involvement or even the support of most clinicians and staff.

This is the second in a series of meetings that SSTHC are organising to; raise awareness of the consultation background, to build support for our local MPs and clinicians who are opposed to the changes, and to keep building a broader movement (along with campaigns throughout the country) to challenge the dismantling and privatising agenda.

Help spread the word! Download our Leaflet (PDF)