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Save our NHS Devon rally attracts hundreds of protesters from across the county

Saturday, 03 December 2016 0 Comments by Claire

An excellent event this morning with hundreds of angry people waving placards and a series of engaging speeches from protesters all over Devon, including from East Devon’s Cathy Gardner and Di Fuller.

It was a wonderful atmosphere of campaigning solidarity.  Almost everyone wore red to demonstrate that there are “no red lines” = no health service cuts are acceptable.

A new movement has begun… MPs had better sit up and listen because the NHS in Devon (and in many other places across the country) has just become a massive issue for the next general election….

Congratulations to the organisers - Save our Hospital Services - for doing a great job!

NB. Sidmouth stalwart campaigner, Robert Crick deserves a special mention for his completely hilarious interventions between speeches. Not sure why he was carrying around a furry red baby dragon…. but then that’s Robert!

Here’s my slightly shouty speech…

More coverage here -…/story-29…/story.html

Local NHS rep to attend Ottery Town Council on Mon to explain more bed cut plans

Thursday, 01 December 2016 0 Comments by Claire

A representative from Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group will be at Ottery Town Council on Monday (5 December) evening to explain the latest plans to cut the remaining half of community hospital beds in Eastern Devon and to give an update about what will happen to Ottery Hospital once the 15 stroke beds transfer to the RD&E.

The presentation starts at 7pm.  The town council meeting is held at the Old Convent.

Exeter rally - Save Our NHS - Saturday noon, Bedford Square

Thursday, 01 December 2016 0 Comments by Claire

I hope the turnout will be massive for this on Saturday!

I will be speaking, as will others including EDDC Sidmouth councillor, Cathy Gardner and patient and public involvement chair, Di Fuller….

We need to give a strong message to Devon representatives and MPs that we will not put up with cuts to beds or services to OUR NHS.

People from East Devon will gather at 11.40am near the bus station, outside the Civic Centre in Paris Street, Exeter.

The rally, which is expected to be attended by people from all over the county, will take place from noon in Bedford Square, Princesshay.

Wear red and bring a placard!

EDDC scrutiny committee recommends litany of concerns to bed cuts consultation

Thursday, 01 December 2016 0 Comments by Claire

EDDC’s scrutiny committee has recommended to the full council that it expresses concerns on a number of grounds to the very controversial hospital cuts consultation across Eastern Devon.

Below is a press release with the detail….

Well done to scrutiny chair, Cllr Roger Giles and all councillors who contributed to the meeting.

Devon County Council approves Straitgate Farm for inclusion in quarrying strategy

Thursday, 01 December 2016 0 Comments by Claire

In a not very surprising development, Devon County Council’s planning committee last week approved Straitgate Farm on the edge of Ottery St Mary for inclusion in the authority’s minerals plan for sand and gravel quarrying.

A planning inspector overruled some significant concerns and objections from Devon County Council’s highways department, Natural England and the Environment Agency - read more here -

I was unable to attend the meeting but my statement was was read out - below:

For more information about the controversial proposals, see

Aggregate Industries is now preparing a planning application, following a public exhibition last week.  It is very important that if people are concerned about the plans, that they respond to the planning application.  More on this very soon….

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