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Deadline day looms for Friarage consultation report

Members of the local community gathered to support councillors earlier this year Credit: ITV News

Today marks the deadline for the findings of a report into the future of consultant-led maternity services at the Friarage Hospital to be handed to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The NHS is planning to reduce services at the Friarage in Northallerton, claiming that they are unsustainable.

However, supporters of the unit hope that the findings of the report will lead to a full comprehensive review of the consultant-led maternity services at the hospital.

Review ordered at Friarage Hospital

The Health Secretary has ordered the first step in a top-level review of plans to end consultant-led maternity services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

The proposals sparked protests when they were put forward last year.

The NHS says that the changes are down to safety.

If the plans were to go ahead, some mothers would then face a journey to Middlesbrough.

Jeremy Hunt has now asked an independent panel to report back to him next month, as to whether there should be a full review.

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MP concerned over North Yorkshire NHS cuts

The MP for Thirsk and Malton, Anne McIntosh, has expressed her concern for cuts to health funding in North Yorkshire.

Although this review is informative a lot of work still has to be done to ensure that North Yorkshire gets a consistently high level of health care whilst reducing the historic debt created by the underfunding

I am campaigning hard with other North Yorkshire MPs for fairer funding for the NHS and we are holding a meeting in early February to discuss the review and why NHS North Yorkshire receives £17 million less than the allocation should provide for their local population demographic.

– Anne McIntosh, MP Thirsk & Malton

Parties clash over 'regional' pay in the NHS

MPs are debating proposals which could see NHS staff paid different rates for the same job in different parts of the country.

Labour's Shadow Health Secretary told MPs that a cartel of twenty trusts in the South West are collectively trying to force changes to the terms and conditions of 88,000 local staff.

Mr Burnham also claimed that there were worrying signs of trusts in the North East coming together to push through similar changes.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government has no plans to introduce regional pay and was merely implementing a degree of flexibility in local pay bargaining which the last Labour government had legislated for.

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