Richmondshire councillors back campaign to save NHS services at the Friarage

Richmondshire District Councillors have backed a campaign to secure health services at Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital.

Members sitting at the full council this week unanimously voted to support MP Rishi Sunak in his calls for the health authority to provide a clear strategy for the short, medium and long term future of the Friarage Hospital.

They are calling on the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group and the South Tees NHS Foundation Trust to recognise the ‘high level of public concern’ and reconsider plans to transfer more of the services from the Friarage to other hospitals and institutions.

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“This council is gravely concerned about proposed further reductions in healthcare services provided at the Friarage,” said Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.

“It provides vital services for the people of Richmondshire – we have already lost enough from this hospital, we do not want to see more being relocated to Middlesbrough’s James Cook Hospital which is a long way from our district.”

The motion was proposed by Councillor John Blackie, ward member for Hawes, who has campaigned for services to remain at the Friarage for many years.