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72 beds to be lost across East and Mid Devon - two hospitals set to lose all beds

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 1 Comment by Claire

Okehampton and Honiton Hospitals are set to lose all in-patient beds in a cost cutting exercise by local health services.

72 beds are to be cut from 143 in all, with four options that will be consulted on, although health bosses have a preferred option of keeping beds at Tiverton, Seaton and Exmouth.

Other hospitals at risk of losing all their inpatient beds are: Sidmouth and Whipton Hospital in Exeter

Health chiefs hope that the bed cuts will save £5-6m a year, with around 20 to 40 per cent of current running costs reinvested in creating health hubs and providing more care in people’s homes.

Health scrutiny cttee to ask to health select cttee chair to investigate Devon’s health funding

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 1 Comment by Claire

Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee will write to the chair of the health select committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston, asking for an investigation into funding for Devon.

12 acre industrial site proposed for Sidford - my objection

Saturday, 17 September 2016 0 Comments by Claire

A planning application for a 12 acre business park in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Sidford has caused huge controversy.

The proposal first emerged when I was a local plan panel member in 2012. It suddenly appeared in the papers for our final meeting in the March. The proposal caused such uproar that it spawned the birth of Save Our Sidmouth, which ploughed much funding into fighting the allocation of this land in EDDC’s Local Plan.

Things looked up for a while after a full council meeting last year saw Stuart Hughes and Graham Troman manage to overturn the decision to allocate this land.  However, the planning inspector had other ideas and late last year, reinserted the contested piece of land back into the Local Plan.

East Devon MP appears to be missing on motion to ensure more transparency on NHS cuts

Friday, 16 September 2016 4 Comments by Claire

An important motion put before parliament this week on ensuring much more transparency over proposed controversial cuts failed with 195 in favour, verses 280 against.

This is extremely disappointing, given our situation in Devon, which is at the top of the list of being financially challenged, with huge bed cuts planned across acute and community hospitals.

This was only revealed by the BBC in a leaked document last week.

The motion read:  “That this house notes with concern that NHS sustainability and transformation plans are expected to lead to significant cuts to changes to frontline services; believes that the process agreed by the Government in December 2015 lacks transparency and the timeline announced by NHS England is insufficient to finalise such a major restructure of the NHS; further believes that the timeline does not allow for adequate public or parliamentary engagement in the formulation of the plans; and calls on the government to publish the plans and to provide an adequate consultation period for the public and practitioners to respond.”

This is a thoroughly excellent motion in my opinion and cannot surely be disagreed with, except perhaps by a political party who appear to be calling the damaging shots in relation to bringing the NHS to its metaphorical knees.

Our MP, Hugo Swire is no longer a foreign office minister and his twitter feed showed him in Westminster this week, yet he is not listed as voting on the motion.  Is this a mistake?. Mr Swire claims to care about local hospitals. This debate should surely have been a number one priority for him.

Where was he?

Devon MPs hold crisis talks with ministers over NHS bed cuts

Friday, 16 September 2016 0 Comments by Claire

Devon MPs have met with ministers about the leaked report concerning the plans to hugely cut hospital beds.

Peter Heaton Jones criticises those who he claims have have made it “party political.”  He then goes on to parrot nonsense conservative spin on NHS funding ... as if the government hasn’t been starving the NHS of funds for all the years they have been in power!

And was our MP present?  If not why, and if so, why haven’t we heard the outcome of the meeting?

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