Friarage hospital cutbacks

Plans to scale back maternity and child services at a hospital in North Yorkshire hospital will be referred to the government.

Friarage future referred to Health Secretary

Plans to downgrade children's services at Friarage Hospital in North Yorkshire will be referred to the Health Secretary.

There is local opposition to NHS Trust plans to reduce maternity services and scale back 24-hour paediatric care - some services would be transferred to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Sarah Kelly reports.

Hope for maternity services at Friarage Hospital

Friarage Hospital

Plans to scale back maternity and child services at a hospital in North Yorkshire hospital will be referred to the government.

The NHS is planning to reduce services at the Friarage in Northallerton, claiming they are unsustainable.

North Yorkshire County Council's Health Scrutiny Committee agreed at a meeting to ask the Health Secretary to intervene.

The results from a recent survey of 19 other small hospitals, similar to the Friarage, show the majority of authorities are confident in sustaining services in their local areas.

The NHS plans to transfer the maternity unit services and overnight paediatric care to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Part of the reason, it says, is because of a lack of doctors.

But campaigners now say the survey reinforces their claim that there's no need for that to happen.

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