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Sheep get better OOH service, says Hague

Sheep can get better out-of-hours health care in North Yorkshire than people, former Conservative leader William Hague has told MPs.

'One farmer put it to me if he has a sheep ill in the night the sheep will be attended to by a vet who lives locally and who already knows the history of that sheep and its relations,' Mr Hague said in a House of Commons debate.

'But if one of his family [falls ill] that service will certainly no longer be available.'

Mr Hague's constituents in Richmond have complained over new out-of-hours arrangements that mean they could have further to drive to get treatment.

Iain Robertson, chief executive of North Yorkshire Emergency Doctors GP co-op, said its service was 'robust' and GPs were used to covering significant distances across the Yorkshire Dales in order to make home visits.

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