The Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG agreed yesterday to close Wards 14 & 15 at The Friarage and ‘decant’ the patients to Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Middlesbrough.

In the presentation yesterday, they said that 65% of the respondents supported the closure totally ignoring the 347 people who signed our petition against the closure.

We may have lost this battle but we are still fighting. Roger Tuckett is meeting the Richmond and Thirsk MPs next week. Meanwhile we will keep the pressure on the CCG by questioning the validity of the statements they have made.

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