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RD&E pledges to retain community beds until safe as it spends 23 days on red alert

By |2016-11-02T21:21:00+00:00November 2nd, 2016|News|

The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital has pledged that it will not remove community hospital beds until staff believe that adequate packages of care are in place for patients, the Express & Echo reports today.

And in a separate story the RD&E is reported as being on red alert for 23 consecutive days to due bed constraints.  It isn’t clear whether the bed constraints are as a result of temporary bed cuts due to funding difficulties or whether there was simply too many patients being admitted for the hospital to cope with.

We keep hearing these messages time and time again, yet hundreds of acute hospital beds are proposed to be axed as part of government cuts, set out in Devon’s sustainability and transformation plan, which is set to be released later this month.

On Tuesday (8 November) Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny will examine the proposals to close 71 community hospital beds across Eastern Devon. Around half the remaining beds after dozens were axed last year, including Ottery Hospital’s 10 general medical beds. The 15 stroke beds are temporary and will be transferred to the RD&E at some point in the next year or so.

Read more here - http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/rd-e-pledge-not-to-remove-community-hospital-beds-until-it-is-safe/story-29862481-detail/story.html

and here -http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/increasing-patient-demand-on-rd-e-shown-by-23-consecutive-red-alert-days/story-29863017-detail/story.html

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Notice of Motion means Devon County Council is set to review its environmental policies

By |2016-11-02T14:36:00+00:00November 2nd, 2016|News|

My motion on making Devon County Council’s environmental policies tighter, stronger and more proactive will come before cabinet next Wednesday (9 November).

I lodged the motion following the most recent state of nature report in September, which reported the awful news that many species in the UK were facing extinction.

Early indications are that it will be supported with work set to start quickly.

I have spoken with environment portfolio holder, Roger Croad and he is keen look at the policies the council holds and see how they might be improved.

I very much hope the motion will receive the full support of the cabinet!

It will then go before full council on Thursday 8 December.

The motion in full, is below…..

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Chris Packham backs Devon Wildlife Trust fundraising campaign to keep beavers!

By |2016-11-02T14:24:00+00:00November 2nd, 2016|News|

Celebrity environmentalist, Chris Packham has recorded a message to help boost Devon Wildlife Trust’s campaign to keep the beavers living on the Otter.

Securing a wild future for our beavers involves a huge amount of work and this is costly. Generous donations from Devon Wildlife Trust supporters have enabled them to complete the first year of the five year trial. However the trust still has lots more money to raise, and urgently needs your help.

The total five year cost of the beaver work is £700k. To date we are nearly half way there, having already secured £315k, leaving us with £385k still to find. To find out more about what your support would fund, please have a look at this more detailed project outline :

What happens if DWT does not raise the funds required?

If we are unable to fund the River Otter Beaver Trial to 2020, the government licence requires that the beavers be rehomed in captivity.

What will happen to the beavers after the end of the Trial in 2020? The UK government will decide on the long-term future of Devon’s wild beavers, based on the evidence we and our project partners provide, on the beavers’ impacts on landscape, wildlife and communities in the Otter catchment. Natural England has stated that the outcome of the River Otter Beaver Trial will determine any future beaver re-introduction projects in England.

For more and to view Chris Packham’s video see - http://supportdevonsbeavers.org/

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Social care services ‘facing existential crisis’, say council leaders

By |2016-11-02T09:53:00+00:00November 2nd, 2016|News|

Pulled quotes from the article: 

“Councils will have to continue reducing at-home support for older people and paying for beds in care homes because of Whitehall budget cuts, according to the Local Government Association.

“Rising costs, the ageing population, difficulties recruiting staff and years of central government reducing its grant have left the service in crisis, the cross-party body claims in a new report.

“Councils have had to provide less care at a time of growing need, leaving more vulnerable people isolated and at risk, it says.

Philip Hammond, the chancellor, must recognise the “perilous” state social care is now in and ease the pressures on it when he delivers his autumn statement on 23 November, says the LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales.

“The situation is now critical and it is no exaggeration to say that our care and support system is in crisis,” said Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA’s community wellbeing board and the Conservative leader of Warwickshire county council.

For more read here:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/02/social-care-services-facing-existential-crisis-say-council-leaders

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