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Plans for the future of maternity and children's services at Friarage Hospital to be re-examined

Proposals for the future of maternity and paediatric services at Friarage Hospital in Northallerton are to be referred for a second time for consideration by the NHS Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

The NHS proposal to end consultant-led maternity and paediatric services at the Friarage has caused a great deal of controversy in many parts of North Yorkshire.

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.

Friarage Hospital services debate continues

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)

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Public meeting begins over future of maternity and children's services at Friarage Hospital

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Public meeting being held in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Credit: ITV

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.

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Maternity service meeting for the public

Friarage Hospital in Northallerton Credit: ITV News

A public meeting will be held this morning to discuss how maternity care will operate at The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

It follows a decision last week by the hospital to scale back paediatric and maternity services.

The existing service, run by consultants, will become midwife-led.

The changes will start in October.

Today's meeting is being held at The George Hotel in Northallerton and has been organised by NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group.

Report: family urges Friarage Hospital not to reduce maternity services

A family from the Yorkshire Dales is urging a North Yorkshire hospital to retain its current level of paediatric and maternity services - especially for people living in remote villages.

Amanda Owen has given birth to two of her six children in road lay-bys, because she's not made it to hospital in time.

The future of services at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton is being looked at by the Government.


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.

Friarage Hospital future

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

Fears for Friarage Hospital

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.

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