Friarage decision referred to Government

Plans to scale back maternity and child services at a hospital in North Yorkshire hospital will be referred to the government.

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Full Report: Government to re-examine Friarage plans

Health bosses are disappointed after councillors voted to refer a row about the future of Northallerton's Friarage Hospital to the Government. Both sides reached stalemate over plans to downgrade maternity and children's services.

Now, the final decision will be made by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. The council and local people met last night in the latest stage of their fight to keep the current services.

You can watch the full report from Rachel Bullock below.

Health Secretary to rule on future of Friarage

At a meeting held by North Yorkshire County Council last night, the council agreed to refer plans to downgrade children's services at Northallerton's Friarage Hospital to the Health Secretary.

If plans were to go ahead some services would be transferred to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

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"We said that we would leave no stone unturned"

Plans to downgrade children's services at Friarage Hospital in North Yorkshire will be referred to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

There has been local opposition to the plans - which would see some services transferred to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Jim Clark, from North Yorkshire County Council's Health and Scrutiny Committee, spoke of the events that led to the decision being made to refer to the plans to the Health Secretary

Friarage hospital downgrade referred to health secretary

Members of the local community gathered to support councillors. Credit: ITV

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.

Councillors have asked Jeremy Hunt to step in after their campaign to halt the plans failed. Mr Hunt will now assess the issue and make a final decision next year.

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