Questions to be asked about future of local healthcare

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The future of healthcare in Scarborough will come under the spotlight at a public meeting on Friday January 11.

The meeting is being organised by the Scarborough Local Involvement Network (LINK) and will be upstairs at Scarborough Library in Vernon Road, starting at 6pm.

It will be chaired by Leo McGrory and speakers will include Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill, Simon Cox, accountable officer for Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group, and Mike Proctor, deputy chief executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The meeting was called after concerns were raised about potential cuts in services at Scarborough Hospital, following a leaked document from consultants KPMG.

Mr McGrory’s opening address will give a brief overview on what has been happening locally and the background issues surrounding healthcare in Scarborough.

He said: “I think locally people have been doing a great job under difficult circumstances, because the real issue for years has been funding.

“During the meeting we will look at the issues surrounding funding in North Yorkshire, as Scarborough has been underfunded for a long time.”

Mr McGrory added that he would be asking York trust to “fight Scarborough’s corner” as people had been led to understand, from previous public meetings, that there would be no cutbacks in Scarborough.

He said: “I think that people in Scarborough feel let down.”