STRUCTURE: Final recommendations on controversial plans to reconfigure children’s and maternity services at Friarage Hospital are due to be announced in September.

The board of South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust - which runs the hospital - heard that a public engagement on the plans led by commissioner Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group ended in June.

The plans - which would see those services downgraded at Friarage - have been opposed by local MP, foreign secretary William Hague.

A board paper says: “The results of the survey, along with focus groups, meetings, fact-finding visits to hospitals and other public engagement, will now feed into the decision making process which will take place over the summer.

“The CCG is now working with the trust on actively developing further options as a result of feedback and will make recommendations to the NHS North Yorkshire and York Board in September. If any major changes are proposed a formal consultation process will take place during the autumn.”