D&S column: what we learnt at the Friarage Hospital public meeting

When I set up the public meeting about the changes at the Friarage in Northallerton, my key aims were for people to really understand what is happening at our much-valued local hospital and have the opportunity to question the decision makers about why these changes are being proposed.

D&S column: investing in local community health care

Mental health care in this country has for too long been a Cinderella service.

Despite the development of modern treatment therapies and facilities, Governments have not always devoted sufficient energy and resources to the care of the mentally ill.