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 -