Dear supporters, we need to raise funds to build our strong legal challenge to the downgrading and closure of vital services at South Tyneside Hospital.

£15,065 has been kindly donated
towards our current target of £15,000

(We may need to increase our funding target as we progress and our legal costs rise)

to all the amazing people
who helped us reach our latest funding target
with 240 donations

Please visit our crowd funding page for more details and to make a donation.

Another great way to give is to buy a copy of Song for the NHS by local folk musician Bethany Elen

The NHS is under attack at every level, and legal challenges are one way of fighting back. While the Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign is mounting a legal challenge against the downgrading and closure of services in our local area, 999 Call for the NHS is crowd-funding for a legal challenge against NHS England's ACO/ICP contract that is integral to the introduction of the American model of health care.

Meanwhile the legal challenge brought by Professor Stephen Hawking, Dr Colin Hutchinson, Professor Allyson Pollock, Professor Sue Richards and Dr Graham Winyard takes the fight to the government.
Picture of South Tyneside Hospital

The downgrading of South Tyneside Hospital was announced as part of the “alliance” between South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (STFT) and City Hospitals Sunderland (CHS). The resulting loss of acute services will be a disaster for the people of South Tyneside and also for the people of Sunderland whose access to acute services will also be under pressure by the closure of acute services in South Tyneside.

The “alliance” plans to move all acute services from South Tyneside to Sunderland, which will make South Tyneside Hospital A&E unsustainable. The immediate threat of this “alliance” is the loss of acute stroke services and maternity in South Tyneside.

The government is behind an NHS England plan to reduce more than 10 A&Es in the North East down to 4 or 5. The aim of this plan is likely to leave people in South Tyneside with essentially a rehabilitation hospital, and everyone needing acute health care will have to travel to Sunderland or Newcastle.

The downgrading of South Tyneside Hospital is fundamentally a result of the whole direction in which the government is taking the NHS. It is deliberately reducing NHS funding both for front-line health services and other human resource needs. This process is wrecking the NHS by fragmenting it into purchasers and providers, closing acute hospitals and A&E departments, and facilitating the takeover of the most profitable services by private health companies. This continued direction is reflected in the proposed merger between STFT and CHS with the aim of closing acute services at South Tyneside Hospital.

We can respond by bringing people (of all political colours) together into an organised campaign.
Our stand is to safeguard the future of South Tyneside Hospital and its acute and emergency services.
  • We demand that the government, NHS England, South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group and South Tyneside Health & Well-being Board stop any plans to close acute services at South Tyneside District Hospital and to safeguard its A&E service.
  • We demand the restoration of the duty of government to provide a comprehensive health service across England to all communities, ensuring the resources that are required and the training of doctors and consultants required for all acute and community services.
  • We demand the reverse of 25 years of marketisation in the NHS, the abolition of the purchaser-provider split, an end to contracting, and the creation of public bodies and public services accountable to local communities.
Access to health care is a right of all in a modern society, and we demand that it must be guaranteed.