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Anti hospital bed cuts demo planned to coincide with health scrutiny committee next Tues 1.15pm

By |2016-10-31T18:50:00+00:00October 31st, 2016|News|

A major public protest is expected to take place on the steps of County Hall, timed to coincide with Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee, which takes place next Tuesday (8 November) starting at 2pm.

The protest is expected to start at 1.15pm.

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DCC’s health and wellbeing scrutiny cttee to debate Eastern Devon hospital bed closures next Tue 8th

By |2016-10-31T15:10:00+00:00October 31st, 2016|News|

This is the health and wellbeing scrutiny committee agenda for next Tuesday, 8 November, starting at 2pm.

Items up for debate include:

- Referral to the Secretary of State for Health and Independent Review Panel Advice: Torrington: For Information
- Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan
- Proposals to close 72 Eastern Devon community hospital beds
- Co-Location of Stroke Services in Northern Devon
- NHS 111 and Out of Hours Cover

Here’s the link to the full paperwork - http://democracy.devon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=245&x=1

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Senior Conservative, Sarah Wollaston:  The government’s untruths over funding our health service

By |2016-10-31T08:40:00+00:00October 31st, 2016|News|

Pulled quote from article:  “But Dr Chris Moulton, vice-president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, which represents A&E doctors, said: “They are desperate to save money, but these are truly desperate measures,” he said. “We already have one of the lowest numbers of beds in the developed world – we need more beds, not fewer. We already have occupancy at record levels, and it’s too risky to go further.” “

It really is time for every single person in England who wants to save our NHS from sinking out of view, to lobby their MP HARD for more funding.

It is more relevant than ever in Devon where our community hospitals are disappearing rapidly and whole departments and services are at risk in some places. It is proposed to close hundreds of acute hospital beds.

We MUST take action before it is too late.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/30/theresa-mays-claim-on-health-funding-not-true-say-mps?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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14 public meetings to take place during November on East Devon community bed closures

By |2016-10-21T18:10:00+00:00October 21st, 2016|News|

A series of public meetings on proposals to slash 72 community hospital beds in Eastern Devon, will take place during November.

I would advise anyone who is concerned to attend a meeting nearest to them, although it looks as though you have to register first….

A full list of the events is available here - http://www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/your-future-care/consultation-events/102082

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Tories attempt to hoodwink us over NHS funding. They craftily altered the definition….

By |2016-10-19T14:02:00+00:00October 19th, 2016|News|

Our PM says she will give the NHS £10bn and there is no more money in the coffers to pay for vital patient care, maintaining hospital standards, departments or even retaining beds.

But look at this link from the National Health Service Executive, reporting from yesterday’s Health Select Committee meeting.

The truth is that the Conservative health ministers’ claims of funding an extra £8-£10bn are actually more disingenuous than I thought. I understood it was based on “effiicency savings” made by NHS trusts of £22bn… but conservative ministers have actually changed the definition of health spending in order to give a falsely inflated figure to the media.

Didn’t they do that with the benefits budget, in which they included pensions, to falsely inflate it and demean it as “bloated.”

With the NHS (and other public services) in meltdown, I really hope these politicians can sleep at night.

Here’s the article.- http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/nhs-cash-cut-giving-us-a-bigger-hill-to-climb-in-face-of-rising-demand?utm_source=National%20Health%20Executive&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=7654151_NHE%20Weekly%20Newsletter%20Oct%2016%20wk%201&dm_i=IJV,4K1ZB,FX6386,GWAVA,1

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Parliament debate on bed cuts may have been helpful but health minister stonewalled MPs

By |2016-10-18T17:52:00+00:00October 18th, 2016|News|

Hugo Swire’s scheduled debate in parliament this afternoon about Devon’s NHS cuts was attended by almost all Devon MPs.

Ben Bradshaw and Sarah Wollaston unfortunately were unable to be there as they were in a health select committee meeting.

Although the health minister present (I don’t know who it was) pretty much stonewalled all the requests for more funding I do think that virtually all Devon’s MPs getting in a room all collectively complaining that NHS services in their areas being cut, was quite powerful.

It was an interesting insight into the differences between what were all conservative MPs views.  Some simply argued against the plans of the local NHS in Devon. Others argued quite vociferously for more funding.  But all appeared to fall on deaf ears, if the minister’s anodyne response was anything to go by.

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Planning inspector endorses Straitgate Farm for quarrying in minerals plan

By |2016-10-17T16:36:00+00:00October 17th, 2016|News|

A planning inspector has endorsed Straitgate Farm as a preferred area in Devon County Council’s minerals plan, despite a wealth of evidence and concerns from residents, Devon highways and the Environment Agency.

Also there is no viable option for processing to take place.

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Hugo Swire and Neil Parish secure Westminster Hall debate tomorrow on hospital bed closures

By |2016-10-17T15:44:00+00:00October 17th, 2016|News|

Tiverton and Honiton MP, Neil Parish and East Devon’s MP, Hugo Swire have secured a debate in Westminster Hall tomorrow between 2.30 and 4pm on the plans to shut 72 beds in community hospitals across Eastern Devon.

Neither MPs however, have committed to asking for more funding for Devon’s cash strapped health service, especially after the prime minister late last week announced that there would be no more money for the NHS.

Instead they have both hinted at their support for higher taxes to pay for the NHS…..  new blog coming…

I will read the Hansard with interest!

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Hugo Swire bars me from a meeting about Tipton St John Primary School flooding problems

By |2016-10-14T14:30:00+00:00October 14th, 2016|News|

I was bizarrely barred from a meeting in my own ward this lunchtime, with East Devon’s MP and the chief executive of the Environment Agency, James Bevan, who met with Tipton St John school staff about the ongoing challenges of flooding at the school - an issue I have been active on for three years.

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Well over 100 people packed the Mackarness Hall last night, to show their opposition to bed cuts

By |2016-10-13T20:42:00+00:00October 13th, 2016|News|

Well over 100 people packed the Mackarness Hall last night, to make their opposition clear to the local NHS’s plans to shut all inpatient beds at Honiton Hospital.

Honiton Senior Voice organised the event in response to Honiton Hospital’s beds being at risk of closure.  Outrageously and undemocratically, the beds aren’t even listed in the four options for consultation, so as things stand at the moment, they will automatically be lost early next year when the changes are set to be implemented.

The Success Regime, drafted in to claw back a £400m deficit by 2020, is running the consultation and proposes to shut half the remaining community hospital beds in Eastern Devon, leaving just 71 .

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Share your story of your favourite memory of being in a wood

By |2016-10-10T18:39:00+00:00October 10th, 2016|News|

The Woodland Trust is asking for people to share their stories about happy memories of trees and woodlands, so they can create a Tree Charter to help with protecting and planting trees.

In East Devon we are lucky to have access to beautiful countryside and woodlands but if we are to ever catch up with Europe we need to plant many many more trees. We are sparsely wooded compared with most of Europe in percentage terms.

What is your favourite memory of a tree or a woodland? Mine is sitting on a tree branch chatting to a friend and walking through local woods in the evening. Always a special and magical time because you see so much more wildlife then.

I love trees and it makes me really sad to see developers view them as nothing more than obstructions to building.

Share your stories!

Here’s the link - https://treecharter.uk/share-your-story2/?utm_source=treechampions&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=treecharter

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Bed cuts consultation document launched this evening

By |2016-10-07T21:39:00+00:00October 7th, 2016|News|

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…..

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