Consultant-led maternity and paediatric services at the Friarage to end

Consultant-led maternity and paediatric services at the Friarage to end

Consultant-led maternity and paediatric services at the Friarage to end

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CONTROVERSIAL proposals to end consultant-led maternity and paediatric services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton are to go ahead without any further review.

The proposals were referred for a second time by the North Yorkshire Scrutiny of Health Committee to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, in March of this year.

In a letter to county councillor Jim Clark, committee chairman, in April , Mr Hunt said he had asked the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to complete an initial assessment by May 15.

Mr Hunt has today written to Councillor Clark, announcing that following advice from the panel, he has decided the proposals to downgrade the services at the Friarage should go ahead.

Councillor Clark said: "I am extremely disappointed with this outcome as I felt confident that we had put forward a strong case for him to instruct the Panel to carry out a full and independent review.

"This decision will greatly disappoint all those mothers-to-be and families across Hambleton and Richmondshire who expressed their concerns over the proposals."

He added, "From the perspective of the Scrutiny of Health Committee we have gone as far as we can so we now need to accept this decision and look forward.

"I will be meeting shortly with leading members of my committee and the Clinical Commissioning Group to see where we go from here.

"We will be looking to make sure the transition to a short stay paediatric assessment unit and a midwife led maternity unit at the Friarage Hospital and the planned arrangements at the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough and at Darlington Hospital for supporting more complicated births are implemented as smoothly and with as little disruption to patients as possible."

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12:12pm Wed 28 May 14

sammy d says...

and they say the health service is not being rundown and is safe in tory hands
and they say the health service is not being rundown and is safe in tory hands sammy d
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12:24pm Wed 28 May 14

loan_star says...

sammy d wrote:
and they say the health service is not being rundown and is safe in tory hands
Who closed the A&E in Bishop Auckland? Safe in Labours hands then?
[quote][p][bold]sammy d[/bold] wrote: and they say the health service is not being rundown and is safe in tory hands[/p][/quote]Who closed the A&E in Bishop Auckland? Safe in Labours hands then? loan_star
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2:28pm Wed 28 May 14

sammy d says...

yes i agree loan star labour was in power when bagh was downgraded and all trauma and most services went to uhnd and dmh,the tories have never tried to reverse that decision even though ambulances queue outside both hospitals waiting to get patients seen and waiting times have increased,and it wont be long before either uhnd or dmh a & e gets downgraded and we only have one a & e for our region
yes i agree loan star labour was in power when bagh was downgraded and all trauma and most services went to uhnd and dmh,the tories have never tried to reverse that decision even though ambulances queue outside both hospitals waiting to get patients seen and waiting times have increased,and it wont be long before either uhnd or dmh a & e gets downgraded and we only have one a & e for our region sammy d
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4:19pm Thu 29 May 14

blindgary1 says...

it does not look good for northallerton with the conservatives who love cuts , hospital , rural payements , prison , cuts planned for the future include north yorkshire police to move hq to thirsk and of course to close the northallerton police station i can go on , but william even cut a ribbon and it is thought he even cuts his bald head but still after the greatest job losses to our county town they still vote conservative sheep springs to mind baah baah conservativevoters follow like sheep
it does not look good for northallerton with the conservatives who love cuts , hospital , rural payements , prison , cuts planned for the future include north yorkshire police to move hq to thirsk and of course to close the northallerton police station i can go on , but william even cut a ribbon and it is thought he even cuts his bald head but still after the greatest job losses to our county town they still vote conservative sheep springs to mind baah baah conservativevoters follow like sheep blindgary1
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3:56pm Tue 10 Jun 14

hullgodfreyshire says...

IF YOU ALL CONTINUE TO VOTE THESE THIEVES INTO OFFICE, YOU WILL END UP WITH NOTHING BY WAY OF SERVICES, GET RID OF THAT BALD HEADED IDIOT HAGUE THE VAGUE, AND VOTE IN AN PM THAT CARES ABOUT YOU AREA, INSTEAD OF ONE WHO KISSES THE BACKSIDE OF HIS TORY LEADER, WHILST TELLING YOU THE OPPOSITE, IF YOU VOTE TORY NEXT TIME THE WONT BE ANY NHS BY THE TIME YOU VOTE IN 2020, LIKE THE SUPERMARKETS SAY "WHEN ITS GONE ITS GONE" THERE WILL BE NO GOING BACK ONCE IT HAS BEEN SOLD YOU WILL NEVER GET IT BACK.
IF YOU ALL CONTINUE TO VOTE THESE THIEVES INTO OFFICE, YOU WILL END UP WITH NOTHING BY WAY OF SERVICES, GET RID OF THAT BALD HEADED IDIOT HAGUE THE VAGUE, AND VOTE IN AN PM THAT CARES ABOUT YOU AREA, INSTEAD OF ONE WHO KISSES THE BACKSIDE OF HIS TORY LEADER, WHILST TELLING YOU THE OPPOSITE, IF YOU VOTE TORY NEXT TIME THE WONT BE ANY NHS BY THE TIME YOU VOTE IN 2020, LIKE THE SUPERMARKETS SAY "WHEN ITS GONE ITS GONE" THERE WILL BE NO GOING BACK ONCE IT HAS BEEN SOLD YOU WILL NEVER GET IT BACK. hullgodfreyshire
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