Campaigners from the Save the Friarage group say they will continue to fight the proposals to downgrade children's and maternity services.
Health experts have confirmed their intention to reduce children's and maternity services at The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
The campaign to save maternity and children's services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton has been stepped up after new research.
Plans to reduce overnight paediatric and specialist maternity facilities at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton North Yorkshire have provoked protests from local communities.
The Richmond MP and Foreign Secretary William Hague joined one large protest rally. Now his involvement in the event has been raised at Prime Minister's Questions with the Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop claiming that Mr Hague called the NHS cuts 'unacceptable'
Hundreds are gathering in Northallerton as a rally against the possible closure of a paediatric and maternity hospital in the town gets underway.
A rolling road closure has been put in place for the march which will take a route from County Hall to the Friarage Hospital at the Bullamoor Memorial Fields, beginning at 2.40pm.
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.