The Success Regime’s consultation document which proposes to close half of the remaining beds in Eastern Devon, was published this evening - link here - http://www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/your-future-care/102019
I have been invited to give a talk at a public meeting next Wednesday evening (12 October), 7.30pm at the Mackarness Hall, in Honiton, on the proposed bed losses.
Honiton and Okehampton Hospital beds are not even on the list of options for retention. This is unacceptable and undemocratic in my view.
We very sadly, lost our fight to save beds at Ottery Hospital, however, these proposed cuts, I am concerned could lead to the ultimate loss of services at Honiton Hospital which Ottery residents benefit from. And any further bed losses will take them out of the local health system and put more pressure on people to be looked after at home. I believe that this could hit elderly people hard - especially those without family nearby, those living alone or those with elderly frail partners.
I will be blogging much more about these plans in the very near future…..