Media political pundit Kevin Maguire has sent out a Facebook appeal for the people of South Tyneside to save their hospital.

Maguire, associate editor of the Daily Mirror, is from South Shields and took time out on a recent visit to implore residents to get involved in the campaign to highlight how the loss of vital services is the thin end of the wedge to losing the hospital forever.

He said: “These cuts are purely about saving money, not about improving medical services. The NHS is chronically underfunded and once they get rid of the vital services they’ll come back for more cuts. It will get to a point when essential services are not economically viable and the hospital will close.”

As part of the campaign, the Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign is raising funds for legal action against the closure of vital services.

Roger Nettleship, chairman of the Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign said: “It’s great to have people like Kevin Maguire publically supporting us. He understands exactly what is going on.”

Kevin’s comments can be seen via:

A fundraising campaign to  pay for legal services has been launched and two evenings of comedy featuring the popular Laffalang sketch troupe have been organised for Friday and Saturday, June 15 & 16 at 7.30pm.

Television A-lister Stephen Tompkinson will appear in the shows that have already sold 400 tickets, with only 100 seats remaining. .

The Laffalang will be held at the Westovian Theatre (Ocean Road, opposite Haven Point), South Shields, NE33 2JS   


Tickets only £13 via The Word, Market Place, South Shields. Call the box office on (0191) 4247788 or book online via