• At yesterday’s health and adult care scrutiny committee, to repeated heckling from the public gallery, Sonja Manton from NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group gave an update on the plans to slash around £500m by 2020, as part of Devon’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). The county’s STP is one of 44 across the country and is the government’s main programme of major cost [...]

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    This was something that Devon Wildlife Trust was asking people to do via Twitter and a coalition of charities managed to get around 200 MPs to sign up to doing earlier this year, including Neil Parish. Unfortunately, not a single Conservative MP voted against the Bill. And my understanding is that none supported amendments either, although I am not 100 per cent sure on this. Nature protections are[...]

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    We only hear from the most senior managers at Health Scrutiny and I believe that our work is poorer for that. I would like to reassure any staff (who quite understandably may be nervous about speaking out) that I am very keen to hear about what is happening on the ground and that I will treat their comments as confidential. Winter is looming, as is a predicted major flu outbreak and there are [...]

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    The Procedures Committee (which I am a member of) met this afternoon and debated the fallout of the controversial July health scrutiny meeting where the chair ended up as the subject of a Standards Committee hearing, following a vote against a referral to the Secretary of State over the loss of 72 community hospital beds. Paul Diviani, leader of EDDC, also voted against a referral to the Secretary[...]

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    Dear Hugo I am writing to urge you to amend (or support amendments) relating to protecting nature, during tomorrow’s Brexit House of Commons debate. You will have already seen the tweets I have directed towards you on the subject, many times over the past few months. You will remember that in April Devon County Council (virtually unanimously) supported my motion to urge the government to retain [...]

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    http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/RepealBill?platform=hootsuite What we want to see in the Repeal Bill 1. All current EU wildlife and environment laws brought across in to UK law 2. Any future potential changes to these laws checked and debated by Parliament • Clauses 7-9 and 17 of the Repeal Bill give the Government lots of powers to legislate or de-legislate by Statutory Instrument • According [...]

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