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Consultation on Friarage future ends

The Friarage Hospital, in Northallerton Credit: ITV News

A public consultation about the future of children's and maternity services at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton ends today.

The trust that runs the hospital says services need to be scaled back for safety reasons, because the hospital is too small to deliver constant high-quality care.

But campaigners have come up with alternative plans to try and save the service.

Full Report: Dales family calls for Friarage services to be kept

A family from the Yorkshire Dales say that it is imperative that a North Yorkshire hospital retains its current level of paediatric and maternity services.

The future of services at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton is being looked at by the government.

Plans include downgrading the care on offer - which it's claimed would be more sustainable and safer for patients.

However, one family say the Friarage is the only hospital close enough to where they live.

You can watch the full report from Frances Read below.


  1. Rachel Bullock

Meeting over planned cuts to paediatric services in North Yorkshire

A meeting has taken place between campaigners and a medical panel over plans to cut paediatric services at Northallerton's Friarage Hospital.

Protesters were angry when the announcement was made last week. They attended a meeting in the town today to hear the panel's reasons behind the decision.

Meeting over plan to cut paediatric services

Paediatric services could be reduced in Northallerton Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Proposals to reduce paediatric services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton are to be discussed in detail.

The recommendation came in a report published by the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group last week.