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Hugo Swire fails East Devon residents over nature protections (yet again)

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 0 Comments by Claire

East Devon’s MP, Hugo Swire, has once again let down his constituents by putting his party before nature and wildlife.

On Sunday I wrote to Hugo Swire, as did many of his constituents, urging him to amend the Great Repeal Bill, currently making its way through parliament to ensure nature and wildlife were properly protected.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017 0 Comments by Claire

I am hearing news from various people that already the community hospital bed cuts as well as the maternity bed cuts, may be causing problems at the RD&E which may be struggling to cope.

As a member of Devon County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee who has been deeply concerned at the erosion of beds over recent years it is vital that the committee finds out the truth on what is really happening.

Devon County Council health scrutiny committee district representative must consult before voting

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 0 Comments by Claire

The district council member of Devon County Council’s health and adult care scrutiny committee will need to consult before speaking and voting, it has been recommended today.

My email urging Hugo Swire to retain protections for nature in Repeal Bill vote

Sunday, 10 September 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Email I have just sent to East Devon’s MP, Hugo Swire

Email Hugo Swire MP on retaining vital EU nature protections at risk from Tory policy

Thursday, 07 September 2017 0 Comments by Claire

If you care about nature and environmental protections please email Hugo Swire about this.

He simply parrots Michael Gove’s misleading nonsense about all nature laws being transferred over, but there very different plans afoot within the Tory Party.

I know someone will say what’s the point, but if we don’t lobby him he will simply claim no one really cares or people don’t believe it is a priority.

He needs to speak and vote the right way on this Bill.

I lodged a motion on this very issue at Devon County Council earlier this year and got it through unopposed, however the response from central government was anything but reassuring.

No promises whatsoever.

In East Devon there are important landscape legal protections and there are also many species currently protected under EU law that are at risk of losing that protection.
If you are on Twitter tweet him with this link. The more public the better.

Even better back it up with an email. Simply paste the points in the article into an email as a request, with a short personal intro.

It will take just two minutes grin

Let’s hold Hugo Swire to account.

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Devon health scrutiny chair under fire from council investigation

Thursday, 31 August 2017 6 Comments by Claire

An investigation by Devon County Council into a highly charged and controversial meeting last month, has found health scrutiny committee chair, Sara Randall Johnson not guilty of breaching the code of conduct, however, she will be “strongly reminded” of the importance of neutrality, fairness and calling the health service to account in her role.

East Devon hospital bed closures to be sped up due to staffing shortages

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 2 Comments by Claire

I have seen this SO many times.

A threat to hospital beds. Hospital beds close temporarily due to staffing shortages (because understandably staff leave) and then the permanent closures are brought forward.

What I am not reassured on here is how the loss of the existing beds will morph into the new care at home service and the message on staff redeployment is as vague as ever. Last autumn, I was told by the CCG chair, Tim Burke that around double the number of staff will be appointed… the CCG now talks in terms of ‘redeployment’ and ‘recruitment’ of 50 staff, which is difficult to get to the bottom of, given what we have already been told.

What we also still don’t know (because the CCG won’t tell us) is what happens to those hospitals that lose their beds…

Devon County Council’s health scrutiny committee needs to keep a very close eye indeed, on this issue.

The letter below has been sent to Health Scrutiny committee members:

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