• https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDEVONCC/bulletins/286f842 You may be interested in the latest Devon Trading Standards briefing, which includes the latest scams to be aware of...

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    I received the briefing below today from the Devon County Council Health and Social Care Portfolioholder. Coronavirus is now sweeping through care homes which have become the new frontline in fighting the virus. The information below should be read against a backdrop of crippling government funding cuts to adult social care over the past decade, which has fuelled a growing crisis.  I very much hope that if there is one silver lining to this dark cloud, it will be that our public services, including the care sector (for both adults, people with learning disabilities and children) will[...]

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    I have been asking a number of questions of the NHS and Social Care for a few weeks, some of which have been answered and some haven't... I do appreciate officers are very busy right now. This briefing arrived yesterday evening.  I have a number of questions relating to issues including community hospitals,  finances, care homes and dentistry.  I know my colleague, Martin Shaw, also has many questions.  Devon residents are asking me questions, quite rightly about a range of issues. Devon County Council's Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee is the only legal check on local[...]

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      It has taken me a long time to write this post for two reasons. Firstly, it seemed too political in a health crisis. And also it was always going to be a dispiriting read for people who frankly don’t deserve to be further dispirited! So I procrastinated. However, I do firmly believe that scrutiny and challenge must still exist, despite the perilous position that the UK remains in over Covid-19. ......................................................... It appears that things may have moved on since the meeting as on Wednesday it was announced that NHS Trusts [...]

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    Many thanks to Cllr Martin Shaw for leading this call...   Statement by County Councillors Hilary Ackland (Exeter), Martin Shaw (Seaton and Colyton) and Claire Wright (Otter Valley):   The South West is experiencing the epidemic in a different way from other regions. We have the lowest levels of hospitalisation and death from Covid-19 in the country. South West councils, MPs and the police have had some success in preventing second-home owners and tourists further spreading the virus.   We therefore support the call by Dr Bharat Pankhania, Exeter [...]

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    It's been a super busy and quite remarkable three weeks for Ottery Community Volunteers! I've just issued this press release... I'm very proud of my town! OTTERY COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS LAUNCHES COVID FUNDRAISING BID Ottery Community Volunteers has launched a bid to raise money to help fund its covid-19 epidemic relief effort. Since the group was formed just three weeks ago, it’s providing a range of support for people who are isolated in their homes, as well as helping to connect the town’s residents with the business community’s services, in particular the food suppliers, [...]

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    We haven't heard too much about dental issues during the pandemic, but for those of us with an urgent dental problem (I have been there!), the service is absolutely vital. I asked for an update via DCC's Health and Adult Care Scrutiny team so here's the latest information.... ....... All non-urgent dental activity has stopped in line with the changes to people’s everyday lives that the Prime Minister has signalled. In light of the public health control measures and in recognition of the difficulties that dental practices face, including continuing concerns about staff safety, NHS [...]

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    https://www.hsj.co.uk/finance-and-efficiency/hancock-announces-13bn-debt-write-off/7027305.article EMAIL TO EAST DEVON MP, SIMON JUPP, THIS MORNING... Dear Simon I am writing following the government’s announcement to write off £13bn of debt from NHS hospitals. This looks like excellent news and as you will be aware, Devon is regarded as one of the top two financially challenged health areas in the country, so I hoping that this will mean health trusts here will receive the welcome news that the cuts they are being forced to make by NHS England will now no longer be necessary.[...]

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    Email to Sara Randall Johnson, chair of Devon County Council's Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee, this morning... Hi Sara I hope you are keeping well in these difficult times. Like me and many other councillors, you are probably getting a lot of questions at the moment relating to how local hospitals are preparing for and managing coronavirus patients. I have received particular questions relating to critical care beds or ITU care bed availability at the RD&E and what contingency plans are being made on a wider need for beds. I see that there are plans for a temporary [...]

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    I sent this email to Simon Jupp, East Devon MP last week... He has since replied and is liaising with the individual concerned...   Dear Simon “The predicted surge in cases for Devon is around 10-14 days time. We will need to see patients with suspected and confirmed CV 19 in hot sites and I am worried that we will run out very quickly. There’s quite a lot of beg borrow and steal going on.” The above words are taken from an email I received from a desperate East Devon NHS worker this morning extremely anxious about facing the coming weeks without adequate personal [...]

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