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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
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Director of Public Health warns of "postcode lottery" in North Yorkshire

Patients in North Yorkshire face a "huge danger that the postcode lottery will expand," the county's new Director of Public Health has warned.Dr Lincoln Sargeant issued the warning as local GPs' groups prepare to inherit a debt of £15m from the NHS.

Family doctors are to take over the running of much of the health service in North Yorkshire on April 1.

But there are fears that health care will fragment in the county and the population of 800,000 will receive different standards of service because of cuts - and the abolition of a single NHS body to oversee treatment and care.

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£320,000 report into NHS North Yorkshire cutbacks "disappointing"

Two directors of the organisation which runs the NHS in North Yorkshire have described a report which has cost taxpayers £320,000 as "disappointing."

NHS North Yorkshire and local health trusts paid private business consultants KPMG to draw up plans to make multi-million pound savings in the county's health service.

But the report published today, reveals few specific details about where and when the savings will be made. Campaigners fear the county will be left with a second class health service, if large-scale cutsare made.

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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.