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Protect the NHS rally - this Saturday 3 February, 11am, Bedford Square, Exeter

By |2018-01-31T19:51:00+00:00January 31st, 2018|News|

I will be speaking at a protect the NHS rally, this Saturday (3 February)!

It takes place at 11am in Bedford Square, Exeter City Centre. 

If you are worried (and you should be) about the NHS and how it is struggling, not just this winter, but now all year round, please come and join the throng at Bedford Square this Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Pic: Speaking at the last NHS rally in Bedford Square in December 2016.

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Special scrutiny meeting may be held over set up of shady Accountable Care System in Devon

By |2018-01-30T17:28:00+00:00January 30th, 2018|News|

A special health scrutiny session may be held in in the next few weeks, if it transpires that a controversial Accountable Care System is to be established in Devon in April, it was agreed at last Thursday’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting.

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NHS Property Services and NHS managers requested to fully engage over community hospitals future

By |2018-01-30T17:20:00+00:00January 30th, 2018|News|

The body that owns 12 community hospitals in Eastern Devon and the organisation that commissions services in them have been told they must work with local people on plans for the future of the buildings.

Sonja Manton from NEW Devon CCG and Alex Cameron from NHS Property Services gave a presentation and answered questions from the Health and Adult Care Committee last Thursday (25 January).

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NEW Devon CCG to provide performance winter pressures reports ‘within days’

By |2018-01-30T15:10:00+00:00January 30th, 2018|News|

Representatives from NEW Devon CCG will provide the performance indicator reports supplied to senior NHS on a regular basis, probably daily, within days to councillors, it was agreed at last Thursday’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee.

Sonja Manton agreed to provide the reports after I expressed disappointment and surprise that the latest performance reports were only dated the end of November, with our agenda papers for the meeting.

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Latest Devon social care survey reveals concerns among people about service

By |2018-01-30T14:53:00+00:00January 30th, 2018|News|

People involved with Devon’s social care service and their carers have indicated they have a range of concerns about the service and how safe they feel as a result of their care.

An annual report presented at Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee last Thursday (25 January) stated that in five out of 25 areas the council scored near or at the bottom of the south west league table for care provided, in a survey that took place in 2016.

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Devon County Council health scrutiny committee records its concerns over Ambulance Trust performance

By |2018-01-29T21:56:00+00:00January 29th, 2018|News|

Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee has recorded its concerns over service failures by the South West Ambulance Service Trust.

Seventy five per cent of category 1 calls (the most serious) should be responded to within eight minutes, according to the target, but the Trust is only meeting this timeframe for 61 per cent of such calls….

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Thirty health visitor posts across Devon set to be lost as a result of budget cuts

By |2018-01-29T15:10:00+00:00January 29th, 2018|News|

The latest round of government budget cuts to public health is set to result in a loss of around 30 health visitor posts across Devon, it emerged at last Thursday’s (25 January) Health and Adult Care Scrutiny meeting.

During a presentation by Steve Brown, assistant director of public health for Devon County Council, I asked for clarification on the budget cuts as a result of reduction in funding of over £700,000 from central government ....

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Care at home isn’t working, Sidmouth GP tells Devon County Council’s Health Scrutiny Cttee

By |2018-01-27T18:46:00+00:00January 27th, 2018|News|

Carers aren’t available to look after people in their homes, a Sidmouth GP told Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee on Thursday (25 January).

So concerned at the unavailability of care in people’s homes - the service designed to replace community hospital beds, Dr Mike Slot travelled to County Hall to share his concerns with the health scrutiny committee.

After he had finished his submission I tried to ask a question, but was prevented from doing so by the chair and scrutiny clerk, who informed me that it was against the rules for councillors to ask questions of public speakers!  This was the first I knew of it since my proposal to bring in public speaking to scrutiny was agreed two years ago.

The Head of Social Care and the committee chair both intimated that Dr Slot’s view may be an isolated one…. I am less convinced.

At the end of the meeting in the work programme I successfully proposed a spotlight review to investigate Dr Slot’s concerns fully.

Another member of the public was told she was not able to speak to the committee because she missed the deadline, despite there being slots available.

I have since contacted the officer presiding over the Procedures Committee (which I am a member of) to get the rules reviewed. They will now be debated at the the April committee.

I asked Dr Slot for a copy of his speech, which is below.

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Hugo Swire considers a solution to the NHS crisis, makes no mention of his govt’s failings

By |2018-01-24T13:34:00+00:00January 24th, 2018|News|

Hugo Swire ponders what to do about the NHS . He acknowledges it is in crisis… and more money must be found urgently…

So far I agree… he says the cause is an ageing population and social care. He goes as far as mentioning budget cuts to local government (which provides social care) ...

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NHS REFUSES TO PROVIDE WINTER PRESSURES INFORMATION FOR DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL HEALTH SCRUTINY CTTEE

By |2018-01-23T21:49:00+00:00January 23rd, 2018|News|

I am really disappointed to report that despite me asking at the beginning of January for the winter pressures information to be available at the 25 January Health and Adult Care Scrutiny meeting, it is not going to be provided.

Given the avalanche of very worrying “NHS in Crisis” press stories I sent several emails to committee chair, Sara Randall Johnson, at the beginning of January asking for information such as delayed discharges, A&E waits, levels of norovirus, staff vacancies and various other pieces of information.

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Standing room only at productive Otterton residents meeting to discuss traffic and planning

By |2018-01-12T15:19:00+00:00January 12th, 2018|News|

It was standing room only earlier this week, as over 100 Otterton residents flocked to the village hall to hear the latest situation on planning and to give their views on what might help the traffic situation in the village.

The meeting, which was organised by EDDC Cllr Geoff Jung and I, took place on Tuesday 9 January, was arranged by district councillor, Geoff Jung and I following a public meeting at Ladram Bay Holiday Park in November.  This was organised after feedback from residents to the parish council and I that residents were concerned about the relentless expansion of the caravan park and the levels and speed of traffic in the village.

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Presentation to students of Clyst Vale Community College for achievements in year 11

By |2018-01-12T12:54:00+00:00January 12th, 2018|News|

I meant to post this ages ago, so here it is.

I was honoured to give a speech at Clyst Vale Community College in November, to around 100 students, their families and teachers - and then present lots of awards to those who had gone above and beyond what was required.

Headteacher, Kevin Bawn invited me to the evening as I was a former pupil. Clyst Vale was my old school and it was the first time I had been back in the hall since I was about 17!  It was a great fun evening.

Here’s my speech…..

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Winter pressures report to come to the next Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting -25 Jan

By |2018-01-12T09:40:00+00:00January 12th, 2018|News|

I have asked the chair (Sara Randall Johnson) that a report on Devon hospitals winter pressures - ie A&E waits, delayed discharges, how many patients are waiting to be discharged etc, is presented at the next Devon County Council Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 25 January.

This has been agreed.The agenda papers are out next week so we will know more then.

Also on the agenda is a presentation from NHS Property Services/NEW Devon CCG on the future of our community hospitals - asked for by Cllr Martin Shaw and I at the November meeting ....

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Petition set up by parent on needing more police in Ottery

By |2018-01-11T18:20:00+00:00January 11th, 2018|News|

Ottery St Mary has definitely felt the loss of its former PCSO, Maria Clapp, who left about four months ago.

Maria was brilliant at sorting out low level crime, anti-social behaviour and irksome but potentially dangerous problems, such as bad parking and congestion.

The school run has become hazardous since she left as there is now no policing presence at Ottery St Mary Primary School at drop off and pick up times. 

At Ottery St Mary Town Council on Monday evening, I reported that one parent has become so exasperated that she has set up a petition to try and get a better policing presence in the town. 

I also told the council of the various reports I had received of anti-social behaviour in the town, which appears to be getting worse.

Here’s the petition. If you’re an Ottery resident please sign!

https://www.change.org/p/claire-wright-more-pscos-in-ottery-st-mary?recruiter=281984551&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

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