• Theresa May and her hardline Brexit colleagues, are peddling the out and out lie that a so-called handy soundbite they call a “Brexit dividend”, is going to help give the NHS a cash injection on its 70th birthday. This had me seeing red for several reasons… FIRSTLY, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has repeatedly said that there is NO BREXIT DIVIDEND This is because, yeah, it will cost MORE to leave the EU than it will to stay in because taxes and borrowing will have to rise. It is simply the latest lie in a disgraceful web, that unfortunately most of the media lap up because[...]

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    This council notes the millions of pounds that local communities have invested into their community hospitals over many years, across Devon. This council appreciates how much local people care about their hospitals, about retaining beds in those hospitals that still have them and about retaining health services in those that have lost their beds. This council acknowledges that the strong feeling that is present in many communities in Devon about the retention of community hospital buildings where beds have been closed. This council strongly supports the retention of all Devon community [...]

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    And in what became a rather heated debate, one conservative, Cllr Richard Scott, disgracefully accused the assiduous and polite Independent Seaton councillor, Martin Shaw of abusing his right to address councillors. I had requested an item on community hospital buildings at today’s Devon County Council Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting, as there is a continual threat in the air of the possibility that the buildings may be declared surplus to requirements and be sold off.  There remains anxiety and concern in local communities as a result. Last month, NEW Devon Clinical [...]

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    The government (continually callous and inhumane as ever) claims the system is working well. The report isn’t very long, but it is desperately sad. We can’t let ministers (who know perfectly well the hardship and stress they’re causing) get away with destituting people and driving them to the brink of suicide. I want to hear from anyone in my ward (Otter Valley) who is suffering as a result of cuts to benefits and/or the introduction of Universal Credit. Get in touch via FB or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)/*= 0)out += [...]

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    I have been really disappointed in recent months and years at what I see as a systemic lack of accountability in the NHS. As a Health Scrutiny Committee member, I would expect to get straight answers to straight questions at meetings, but unfortunately this rarely happens, which is why I was forced to submit a Freedom of Information request about a basic set of data tables relating to winter pressures. I will not hesitate to do this again. The report on carers starts on page 55 of the link below. This came about after I read a detailed survey and saw that local people who are caring for loved[...]

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    The East Devon Log Bank will be launched next week (Tuesday) to help people in fuel poverty and keep their fires burning during the cold winter months. Devon County Councillor Claire Wright will formally launch and open the Log Bank along with invited guests, media and sponsors on Tuesday 5th June at 11.00a.m. at Knapp Copse Nature Reserve, near Honiton This initiative is a real first for Devon– there are a few similar schemes in other parts of the country, but Axewoods are breaking new ground trying to find the best way to help those who really are in need. Alan Dyer, Chair of the group, [...]

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