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Friarage Hospital decision sent for independent review

A decision to downgrade services at the Friarage Hospital in North Yorkshire has been sent to the Secretary of State for review.

Friarage Hospital, Northallerton Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

It was decided in February 2014 that children's and maternity services at the Friarage in Northallerton would be scaled back. It was claimed that treatment at larger hospitals in Middlesbrough, Leeds or Darlington would be safer.

However, thousands of families have campaigned against the move, saying it would be risky for patients to travel further.

William Hague, the Conservative MP for the area, has asked for the decision to be reconsidered.

Now it has been decided it will be sent to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, requesting a full review by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

Public meeting begins over future of maternity and children's services at Friarage Hospital

Golden Lion Hotel
Public meeting being held in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Credit: ITV

A public meeting is being held this morning at the Golden Lion Hotel in Northallerton, to discuss the future of children's and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital. It was decided last week that services will be scaled back.

Campaigners, councillors and members of the Clinical Commissioning Group, which made the decision, will take part.

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Maternity service meeting for the public

Friarage Hospital in Northallerton Credit: ITV News

A public meeting will be held this morning to discuss how maternity care will operate at The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

It follows a decision last week by the hospital to scale back paediatric and maternity services.

The existing service, run by consultants, will become midwife-led.

The changes will start in October.

Today's meeting is being held at The George Hotel in Northallerton and has been organised by NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group.

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.”

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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Police investigate tablets in ice cream product

"North Yorkshire Police have been notified that an ice cream product manufactured in North Yorkshire and distributed nationwide for Tesco stores has been recalled due to a pain relief tablet being found within two separate items.

"This has been risk assessed as a low risk to public health and North Yorkshire Police will now be working closely with Tesco, the product manufacturer, The Food Standard Agency and health professionals to establish how and where this contamination occurred."

– North Yorkshire Police

Pain tablets in ice cream could have been put there deliberately

Tesco ice creams that were found to contain pain relief tablets could have been deliberately sabotaged North Yorkshire police say.

An investigation has been launched into suppliers R&R Ice Cream's factory, based in Northallerton.

Tesco recalled boxes of its own-brand chocolate and nut ice creams after tablets were discovered in two cones in November that were sold in different stores.

Support for Northallerton's unemployed

People facing unemployment are being given support following the news Northallerton is facing massive job losses as a result of the closure of its prison and Rural Payments Agency office.

Since then, the Local Area Partnership has started a programme of action.

This includes educating people who face job losses, help people set up their own businesses and helping potential employees network with potential employers.

“It is vital that we act now to support those at risk. RPA and the prison have provided Northallerton with an exceptionally skilled and motivated workforce that any employer would be proud to take on.”

– David Kerfoot, Chair of the Taskforce

“There aren’t many things that I can promise in this line of work, but I promise that if my staff want to attend one of these events, they will be able to. It’s crucial that we do everything we can to support them."

– Dave Munton, Deputy Governor of HMP Northallerton

An event will take place at a JobCentre+ jobs fair on October 17 at the town hall in Northallerton. A second event is planned for October 24.

Body of North Yorkshire woman shot dead in Turkey returned to UK

Catherine Bury was shot dead in Turkey. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The body of a woman who was shot dead in Turkey has been returned to the UK.

Catherine Bury was shot as she celebrated her 56th birthday at her villa in Dalyan earlier this month.

Her 24-year-old son and 87-year-old mother were also injured by a gunman.

The North Yorkshire family's Turkish gardener has been arrested. An inquest into Mrs Bury's death has been opened and adjourned.

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