Members of the public are being urged to have their say on plans for the future of children's and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
They are considering scrapping the overnight paediatric and special baby care service. Tonight's meeting is to be held at Colburn Leisure Centre. Meetings will begin with an exhibition and video at 5.15pm, followed by presentations and questions at 6.15pm.
Dr Vicky Pleydell, a local GP and the ShadowAccountable Officer for the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby ClinicalCommissioning Group, said:
“We are looking forward to meeting with local people as part of our public engagement on the future of children’s and maternity services at the Friarage hospital...we have arranged this series of public meetings to allow people to gain a greater understanding of the current situation"
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley was accosted by anti-NHS reform protesters at a hospital in London earlier
– UNISON Regional Head of Health Pam Jonson
People from every corner of Yorkshire and Humberside have signed up to say 'No' to the Bill which, as well as costing millions to implement at a time when the NHS has to save £20 billion, will open up the NHS to competition and increase the number of private patients hospitals can treat.
Unison members from across the region will attend a rally in London today, calling for the Government's Health and Social Care Bill to be dropped. The controversial plans involve scrapping the county's primary care trusts and giving control of NHS budgets to groups of GPs instead.
Union bosses from across the region are gathering in Leeds this weekend for the Regional TUC AGM where they'll discuss the current government's policies on the welfare state, public services and workers' right as well as the Health & Social Care Bill