Friarage fights to keep hospital services

Staff from the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton are taking to the streets to protest against plans to cut its' Children's and Maternity Services.

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Richmondshire Council calls for plans to be re-examined

Members of the Richmondshire Council have unanimously voted to call upon the bigger North Yorkshire County Council to 'call in' plans to remove what they say are key services from the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

The North Yorkshire County Council's Health and Scrutiny Committee could then call for the plans to be re-examined by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.

The council says that the wishes of the local community have been ignored in wanting to keep the 24-hour Children's and Maternity Services, which would be downgraded if plans were to go ahead.

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