Some councillors had a briefing this afternoon from the chief executive of the “success regime” which has been drafted in by government to make significant cuts to counteract a deficit of around £430m by 2020.

We should remember that this area of Devon has already lost all inpatient beds at Ottery St Mary, Axminster, Crediton and Budleigh Salterton.

Discharging people from the RD&E in Exeter has never been more difficult.

Not only is there a funding crisis in the local NHS, there is also a funding crisis in social care locally, which is one of the reasons why people are unable to be discharged in a sensible length of time.  This budget is hugely overspent at Devon County Council.

The consultation on the bed cuts is set to start on 7 October, with a decision made next February by the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG (NEW Devon CCG). If agreed proposals will be implemented in March.

For my views on hospital bed losses see –

I was interviewed by BBC Spotlight about the cuts. Here’s how they reported the issue this evening, at 3 mins 43 –

For more detail see