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The future of the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton will be discussed at a public meeting this evening.
Councillor John Blackie, Richmondshire District Council, has been campaigning against the NHS proposals. He says he's never seen an issue sit so firmly on the public radar.
A public meeting is underway in Thirsk in North Yorkshire as health bosses explain proposals to change children's services at a hospital nearby.
If the plans go ahead, overnight paediatric care and special baby care may move from the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton to a bigger hospital in Middlesbrough.
Senior doctors say the proposed changes are all about safety and would not threaten the future of the Friarage, which serves parts of rural North Yorkshire.
Campaigners say it will mean families will have to travel further.
A public meeting is being held to discuss plans to cut children's services at a hospital in North Yorkshire.
No overnight paediatric care or any special baby care will be available at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton if NHS proposals go ahead.
It would mean that families would have to travel to larger hospitals like The James Cook, Middlesbrough.
Nine public meetings are being held over the next few weeks to discuss the plans. The first takes place in Thirsk tonight.
Dr Vicky Pleydell, a representative of the Commissioning Group, says changes are about ensuring the services on offer are safe.
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Controversial proposals to cut children's services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton were explained at a public meeting.