STRUCTURE: Reconfiguration plans for Friarage Hospital, North Yorkshire, should be subject to “exhaustive discussion and examination”, foreign secretary William Hague has said.

NHS North Yorkshire and York, and South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust have indicated they will consult on closing inpatient paediatric services at the trust, following a supportive review by the National Clinical Advisory Team.

The local paper, The Northern Echo, has reported Richmond MP Mr Hague as calling for the publication of “all relevant information, including alternative points of view” about the proposals.

Mr Hague said: “Proposals to reduce or change paediatric and obstetric services should be subject to exhaustive discussion and examination.” The paper has also reported that health secretary Andrew Lansley will review the proposals.

Richmondshire District Council leader John Blackie has already said the plans are “completely outrageous and entirely unacceptable”.