Dr Vicky Pleydell, Chief Clinical Officer for Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commission Group (CCG), says proposals to change children's and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital will make the unit "safe".
The organisations which run the hospital say they are concerned that doctors will not be able to retain clinical skills because not enough people are using the services.
A public meeting is being held this morning to discuss changes to children's and maternity services at Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
It's part of a major public consultation taking place over the next two months. The organisations which run the hospital - NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commission Group (CCG) and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - say not enough people are using the services.
The meeting is being held at Hambleton Forum in Northallerton from 10:30am to 12pm. The public consultation ends on November 25.