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North Yorkshire Council Condemns Planned NHS Cuts

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3:05pm 19th December 2012

Councillors in North Yorkshire  have condemned plans for wide-ranging cuts in health services in the county.

Members of North Yorkshire County Council voted overhelmingly today against any reduction in the breadth or quality of services provided by the NHS North Yorkshire and York.

The motion, proposed by County Councillor Jim Clark, Chairman of the Scrutiny of Health Committee, and seconded by his deputy, County Councillor John Blackie, reflects the dismay felt across the political spectrum in North Yorkshire over the proposals.

It reads: "This Council, whilst acknowledging the financial issues facing the NHS North Yorkshire & York, considers there is no room to reduce the healthcare services currently provided to meet the immediate, urgent and unplanned needs of its local residents and its visitors, and expects 24/7 consultant-led Accident & Emergency Services, 24/ 7 consultant-led maternity and children's services, and the opening days and hours of minor injuries units to remain at the level currently provided at the various District General Hospitals and Community Hospitals in the County of North Yorkshire."

 “These changes are the biggest in the history of the NHS in North Yorkshire, and if they are implemented the result will be an unacceptable reduction in the quality and availability of health care for thousands of people,” said Councillor Clark.

“The overwhelming endorsement of this motion today sends a loud and clear message to the NHS that the cuts under consideration are totally unacceptable, and will be fought robustly and vigorously.”

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