Patients in North Yorkshire face a "huge danger that the postcode lottery will expand," the county's new Director of Public Health has warned.Dr Lincoln Sargeant issued the warning as local GPs' groups prepare to inherit a debt of £15m from the NHS.
Family doctors are to take over the running of much of the health service in North Yorkshire on April 1.
But there are fears that health care will fragment in the county and the population of 800,000 will receive different standards of service because of cuts - and the abolition of a single NHS body to oversee treatment and care.
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