Campaigners lose battle to keep Friarage services

Families in North Yorkshire say they're disappointed after losing their fight to retain some of the current services at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton.

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William Hague 'disappointed' over Friarage

Richmond MP William Hague says he is disappointed plans to scale back paediatric and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Richmond MP William Hague says he is disappointed plans will now be put forward to scale back paediatric and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital.

Mr Hague said: “While there are legitimate clinical concerns faced by the Friarage, these are challenges to be overcome and not surrendered to.

"While I am disappointed by this recommendation, I welcome the news that GPs have insisted on a seven day model of paediatric care, rather than the five that was previously recommended.

"If these recommendations take effect it is vital that we have clear and firm assurances from other local providers, particularly Darlington Hospital, that they have the capacity to handle safely and effectively any extra demand as a result of these changes.

"I will be following closely the next meeting of North Yorkshire County Council’s Scrutiny of Health Committee and working with them if they decide to refer this decision to the IndependentReconfiguration Panel.”

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Campaigners lose battle to keep Friarage services

Friarage hospital, Northallerton Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Families in North Yorkshire say they're disappointed after losing their fight to retain some of the current services at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton.

After a public consultation, plans will now be put forward to scale back paediatric and maternity services there.

Some doctors say patients would receive more specialised care from larger hospitals like the James Cook in Middlesbrough which, they say, would be safer.

But campaigners say they're worried that there would be no consultants on the maternity ward, and no overnight paediatric care.

They've vowed to appeal the decision which could be approved next week.

Families and campaigners have tried to save services Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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