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Campaigners say they'll continue to fight proposals to downgrade children's and maternity services at a North Yorkshire hospital.
Their pledge comes after the Health Secretary's decision not to order an independent investigation into the plans for The Friarage in Northallerton.
The group proposing the changes is welcoming Jeremy Hunt's decision, but patients say they feel let down.
Dr. Vicky Pleydell, Clinical Chief Officer at NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP has decided against ordering an independent investigation into proposals to reduce children's and maternity services at Northallerton's Friarage Hospital.
A Department for Health spokesperson confirmed Mr Hunt's decision in a statement, which said:
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP has announced that he will not order an independent investigation into proposals to reduce children's and maternity services at Northallerton's Friarage Hospital.
Consultation on the future of services will now go ahead at a local level. However, campaigners fighting to save the unit say Mr Hunt's decision is "devastating" and that the consultation only offers options which would scale back the hospital's services and not maintain them.
Campaigners added that they had hoped Mr Hunt would intervene, and describe his decision not to as a bitter blow.
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Campaigners from the Save the Friarage group say they will continue to fight the proposals to downgrade children's and maternity services.