A NEW survey has been launched on the controversial proposals to downgrade children’s services at one of the region’s leading hospitals.

The proposals for the future of the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton are already the subject of a continuing series of consultation meetings across the Hambleton and Richmondshire areas.

Now, as part of that programme of engagement, the Clinical Commissioning Group examining the proposals have launched a survey for those who can’t attedn the meetings.

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The idea is for people to share their previous experiences and give their views and opinions about local services and proposed changes.

Dr Vicky Pleydell said: “This survey forms part of our public engagement exercise enabling us to gather people's views.

“The results will feed into our decision-making process later this year so it’s really important that a wide range of people take the time to fill it in.”

She added: “In the last few weeks my colleagues and I have spoken to lots of people at our public meetings, addressing concerns where we can and taking issues away for consideration when we cannot answer them at the time.

“We look forward to meeting many more people at the remaining meetings so we can continue to promote understanding and address any concerns.

“For those who cannot make these meetings we would strongly encourage them to fill in our survey so we can capture their feedback as well.”

The survey can be found and filled in on-line at nyypct.nhs.uk/friarage or a copy can be requested by contacting 0800 068 8000 or e-mailing nyy-pct.friarage@nhs.net