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South west nurses interested in role of council health scrutiny and how it holds the NHS to account

By |2019-02-05T16:46:26+00:00December 18th, 2018|News|

It was fab to talk to Royal College of Nursing activism conference delegates last week about how council health scrutiny committees play a part in holding the NHS to account, as the only democratic legal check on the health services.

Pic: With Helen Hancox, RCN senior regional officer, SW

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EDDC decides local hospitals are not vital enough to register as assets of community value

By |2019-02-05T16:46:26+00:00December 18th, 2018|News|

Why did East Devon District Council apply more weight to the views of the ruthless NHS Property Services (set up by the Conservative led coalition) than it did to the views of local people and councillors?

It was a key plank in the campaign to prevent the hospital being sold off, or at least delay it or make it harder… but EDDC decided it wasn’t essential enough to the community.

This decision will have a bearing on every community hospital in East Devon, particularly those that have had their beds removed.

NHS Property Services of course, has a vested interest because it stands to net a considerable income from any sale of local hospital buildings.

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, is going to have to neuter the company if local hospitals are to be saved.  He has shown no signs of doing this yet.  See more here -

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/councillor-questions-weight-nhs-objection-2334728

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Today’s decision is about clinging onto power. That’s all

By |2019-02-05T16:46:26+00:00December 10th, 2018|News|

So Hugo Swire is crowing about Theresa May following advice set out in his amendment over the Irish backstop… (a temporary customs union to avoid a hard border and a threat to the peace process).

...But I wouldn’t be so confident if I was him, as this afternoon’s humiliating announcement in the Commons to delay tomorrow’s vote on the Brexit withdrawal agreement has infuriated MPs right across the chamber.

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Letter of thanks from Ottery Town Council following an apology

By |2019-02-05T16:46:26+00:00December 7th, 2018|News|

Ottery St Mary Town Council has sent me a letter of thanks for my work for the community, particularly relating to the difficult Silver Street road closure, caused by the devastating fire above the pINE Store, in September….

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Parliamentary survey launched to help inform my manifesto

By |2019-02-05T16:46:26+00:00December 3rd, 2018|News|

The last survey I ran was in 2014 so it’s time for an update!

If you live in the East Devon constituency, I would like to know your views on a range of issues to help inform my manifesto should there be a General Election in the coming months.

The Government is in meltdown over Brexit so it could happen.

Please do complete the survey, which should take less than five minutes.  Here’s the link!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HV9JJRW?fbclid=IwAR2BYDzcSxjPutWaPnf-JY9ifMpTG6dDM7ZDW23SvnNbdipXCyx_8bGnQ90

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Decision on controversial Ottery Hospital working group is deferred until February

By |2019-02-05T16:46:26+00:00December 1st, 2018|News|

For the first time in living memory Ottery St Mary Town Council (OSMTC) held a full council meeting at 2.30 on a Thursday afternoon.

The Extraordinary Council Meeting was held because 4 councillors (Dobson, Edwards, Gori and Holmes) had made a request for a special meeting to rescind the decision, made at the 6 November OSMTC meeting, to set up a working group to save Ottery Hospital.

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Surprising letter to town council about efforts to set up working group to save Ottery Hospital

By |2019-02-05T16:46:26+00:00November 28th, 2018|News|

See letter below from Leigh Edwards, deputy chair of the Ottery Health and Care Forum….

It baffles me that an initiative that should be a positive and helpful way forward has resulted in such vitriol. 

Incidentally, the suggestion for a working group under the umbrella was made by me in a meeting last month with Elli Pang (Health and Care Team Chair), Leigh, Margaret Hall, Geoff Pratt and me. There was no objection from either Leigh or Elli.

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Please attend special town council meeting to ‘re-examine’ working group to save hospital!

By |2019-02-05T16:46:26+00:00November 22nd, 2018|News|

An Extraordinary Town Council meeting to ‘re-examine’ a decision to set up a working group to retain Ottery Hospital, will take place next Thursday (29 November) at the unusual time of 2.30pm.

Four councillors - Dobson, Holmes, Gori and Edwards have signed the paperwork required to trigger the meeting, at which councillors will decide to ‘support or rescind’ the decision made earlier this month to set up the working group.

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West Hill Parish Council Chair’s letter to Ottery mayor explaining hospital working group plan

By |2019-02-05T16:46:27+00:00November 19th, 2018|News|

Retired GP and Chair of West Hill Parish Council, Margaret Hall, has written to Ottery’s Mayor to explain the need for a town council working group to work to retain the hospital.

The letter is issued as rumours circulate that town councillors opposed to the creation of the group, plan to revoke the decision at an Extraordinary Meeting set to place later this month.

Here’s Dr Hall’s letter…

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Our leaders show no sign of leadership as crisis engulfs the country. Time for People’s Vote

By |2019-02-05T16:46:27+00:00November 16th, 2018|News|

Last night I heard the prime minister’s second speech in two days outside No 10 Downing Street.

As a constitutional crisis the like of which I have never seen in my lifetime unfolds before my eyes, and:

- as Mrs May stares into the gloomy abyss into which her Brexit plan has disappeared
- after an unprecedented NINETEEN cabinet members have resigned in disagreements over Brexit
- after media rumours that the required 48 signatures have been submitted to the chairman of the right-wing 1922 committee, enabling a vote of no confidence in the prime minister to be called
- as it is now patently obvious that Mrs May’s Brexit agreement will not make it through a parliamentary vote…

... One might have thought that Mrs May might be preparing to fall on her sword.

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Ottery’s Silver Street will reopen with traffic lights tomorrow morning!

By |2019-02-05T16:46:27+00:00November 13th, 2018|News|

Ottery’s Silver Street, which has been closed since Friday 14 September following a fire above the Pine Store, will reopen tomorrow with traffic lights. 

Brook Street will remain closed until the remainder of the scaffolding is removed before Christmas.

The road was originally intended to reopen with traffic lights last Tuesday (6 November), however, highways officers re-evaluated the situation following concerns that the footway next to Roberts was still unavailable due to scaffolding.

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Just three Ottery Town Councillors back a working group to protect Ottery Hospital …

By |2019-02-05T16:46:27+00:00November 7th, 2018|News|

... But with eight abstentions, the proposal was voted through!

For the first time in many years, I left an Ottery Town Council meeting in pure frustration last night, at councillors arguing against the creation of a working group to help secure the future of Ottery St Mary Hospital.

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