In a letter to the chairman of North Yorkshire County Council’s Scrutiny of Health Committee today, theSecretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, says he has agreed to a request by the committee that the proposals should be examined again.
The group which made a decision to downgrade services at the Friarage Hospital has responded to news that Richmondshire District Council are considering taking legal action over the move.
The decision has been referred to the Secretary of State for an independent review.
The CCG has undertaken a rigorous and robust process during the consultation regarding changes to the paediatric and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital. Members of the SoHC, who have examined the process in detail at every stage over the last two years, were complimentary of the process that had been undertaken by the CCG and accepted that the case for change had been proved and that the consultation had been fair, open and rigorous. The CCG is awaiting the decision from the Secretary of State before it proceeds any further.
– Dr Vicky Pleydell, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
A public meeting is being held this morning at the Golden Lion Hotel in Northallerton, to discuss the future of children's and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital. It was decided last week that services will be scaled back.
Campaigners, councillors and members of the Clinical Commissioning Group, which made the decision, will take part.
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.
The final decision over the future of children's and maternity services at Northallerton's Friarage Hospital may be referred to the Health Secretary.
Councillors voted unanimously to pass the matter onto the health scrutiny committee for referral to the Government.
The process would delay any changes at the Friarage by a year. Meanwhile councillors will also visit small hospitals elsewhere in the country to gather evidence to show that full children's services could be maintained at Northallerton, saving jobs there
A family who live two hours away from their nearest hospital in North Yorkshire say that if proposals to cut back children's and maternity services go ahead because of difficulties in recruiting staff there - babies' lives could be at risk.
It comes on the day that a new survey has found that the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton should have no problems in recruiting new doctors or consultants.