Hague backs move to get Friarage Hospital scheme independently reviewed

The Northern Echo: SUPPORT: Richmond MP William Hague, who has backed a move to examine maternity and paediatric services at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton. SUPPORT: Richmond MP William Hague, who has backed a move to examine maternity and paediatric services at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.

WILLIAM Hague has welcomed a move to refer the decision to downgrade maternity and paediatric services at a hospital to a Government advisory service.

The Richmond MP said while concerns over patient safety on the units at the Friarage Hospital, in Northallerton, would remain as the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) examined the scheme, it was of paramount importance that residents had confidence in the services.

North Yorkshire’s health scrutiny committee has appealed for the panel to review Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby clinical commissioning group’s (CCG) decision to to change the consultant-led 24-hour services at the hospital to short-stay assessment and midwifery-led units.

Mr Hague said: “There remains a clear gulf between the CCG's preferred clinical model and the views of people who use these services.

"I recognise there are concerns about the time it would take for an independent review to be completed and the safety of maternity and paediatric services during that window.

"It is important the IRP takes this into consideration, but it is critical that maternity and paediatric services at the Friarage have the full confidence of people who use them.

“An independent and thorough analysis of the situation by the IRP is now necessary for that."

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4:11pm Mon 24 Mar 14

hullgodfreyshire says...

WHAT A LOAD OF HYPOCRISY, this coming from a man who backed that toad called Hunt, you know the one I mean , the one who has just ALTERED the law to suit himself, so he can close hospitals at will without having to first ask the patients,
If this party had their way we would all be made to queue up at the hospital doors to make sure we can afford the treatment before we were admitted , they already have ambulances queueing up at hospital doors, a shortage of doctors & nurses, doctors surgeries with 5 DAY WAITING LIST FOR APPOINTMENTS, AND HE SAYS HE CARES, WHO IS HE KIDDING.
WHAT A LOAD OF HYPOCRISY, this coming from a man who backed that toad called Hunt, you know the one I mean , the one who has just ALTERED the law to suit himself, so he can close hospitals at will without having to first ask the patients, If this party had their way we would all be made to queue up at the hospital doors to make sure we can afford the treatment before we were admitted , they already have ambulances queueing up at hospital doors, a shortage of doctors & nurses, doctors surgeries with 5 DAY WAITING LIST FOR APPOINTMENTS, AND HE SAYS HE CARES, WHO IS HE KIDDING. hullgodfreyshire
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