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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:

Devon County Council launches investigation into members of its Health Scrutiny committee

Saturday, 12 August 2017 3 Comments by Claire

Story on Devon Live, here - http://www.devonlive.com/conduct-of-health-committee-members-investigated-by-devon-council/story-30478465-detail/story.html

Conservatives torpedo local people’s views on community hospital bed closures

Thursday, 27 July 2017 4 Comments by Claire

The Conservatives on Devon County Council’s health and adult care scrutiny committee on Tuesday, torpedoed local people’s views and any possibility of a referral to the Secretary of State for Health for a decision to close 71 community hospital beds.

Health scrutiny committee to debate hospital bed closures Sec of State referral on Tues

Friday, 21 July 2017 2 Comments by Claire

The Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee will decide whether to refer a decision to close 72 community hospital beds in Eastern Devon, on Tuesday (25 July), to the Secretary of State for Health.

County councillors raise concerns over the loss of police community support officers

Friday, 21 July 2017 1 Comment by Claire

Devon County councillors expressed their concern and opposition at the plans of Devon and Cornwall Police to phase out police community support officers, at yesterday’s full council meeting.

The truth about the government’s injection of funding into schools….

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 0 Comments by Claire

This is the truth about the funding injection into schools.

I have asked DCC Finance what it means for Devon, will confirm as soon as I have heard.

In essence, I approve of funding being being moved from the free school budget which is costing us billions, however, far more funding is needed to recompense schools for the cumulative hardship they have faced for many years now….

Our own schools in East Devon are struggling horribly to make ends meet after seven years of austerity and a new funding formula imposed by the Conservative government.  This is set to be implemented next year and will mean even more hardship for local schools which are already at the bottom of the funding league table.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/school-funding-england-fall-5-per-cent-by-2019-ifs-fiscal-studies-education-justine-greening-a7846381.html

Letter delivered to every Otterton home this week

Friday, 14 July 2017 0 Comments by Claire

The letter below was delivered to every Otterton home this week.

I remain concerned about the impact of Ladram Bay Holiday Park and will continue to work with the parish council on ways of alleviating/mitigating the issues….

Many thanks to members of the parish council who helped deliver it grin

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