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My latest Express & Echo column - Keep up the pressure to save NHS from financial meltdown

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 0 Comments by Claire

North Devon GPs “grave concerns” on patient safety over hospital bed closures

Monday, 21 September 2015 1 Comment by Claire

Powerful letter below from North Devon GPs over plans to close around half of the area’s hospital beds.

Local NHS confirms no decision over minor injuries units

Thursday, 17 September 2015 0 Comments by Claire

NEW Devon CCG has confirmed that it has not made any decisions to shut minor injuries units in Eastern Devon.

Despite the decision coming to the governing body meeting on 16 July, along with the decision to shut hospital beds at Axminster, Ottery and Crediton, it appears that the decision on minor injuries units was deferred indefinitely.  See CCG statement below…...

Scrutiny taskforce to investigate East Devon hospital bed and minor injuries unit closures

Monday, 14 September 2015 0 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council’s Health and wellbeing scrutiny committee will launch a task group investigation into NEW Devon CCG’s decision to close all beds at Ottery, Axminster and Crediton hospitals - and most minor injuries services in Eastern Devon.

My first official fortnightly column in the Express & Echo - are Exmouth seafront plans right?

Thursday, 10 September 2015 1 Comment by Claire

I SPENT much of my childhood at Exmouth. My dad taught me to swim at Orcombe Point when I was seven. And winter and summer alike my sister and I ferreted about in rock pools with fishing nets – collecting crabs, starfish, pretty shells and little fish, always making sure we returned them carefully afterwards, of course.

We “saved” a jellyfish from certain death by a group of boys and in the spectacular summers of 1983 and 1984, we spent just about every day at the beach running about after Frisbees and swimming to our hearts’ content. It was an idyllic time and we never tired of it.

When we had finished our fun on the beach, invariably we asked for a go on the swan boats in the lake, now run by Exmouth Fun Park.

The plans by East Devon District Council (outlined in the E&E of Thursday, September 4) to redevelop the seafront have long been fraught with controversy, with Exmouth Town Council initially objecting to them in 2013.

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