The CCG’s governing body was set to make the decision, which also affects other community hospitals in East Devon, on Wednesday 3 June.

Prior to this the decision was set to be made in January.

Last week concerns were raised by members of the stakeholder group, which was set up by the CCG earlier this year to look at the future of local hospitals, after a CCG officer’s board report appeared to diminish the recommendation of the group and failed to highlight it as the preferred option.

The stakeholder group, whose membership includes local councillors (me), GPs and leagues of friends representatives, gave a very clear recommendation that there should be beds in each community hospital and a minor injuries service in each town.

But the CCG in its report to a board meeting last week, suggested that this option was unworkable and appeared to steer the board towards backing its original plan of closing all Ottery and Axminster Hospitals’ beds, as well as shutting every minor injuries service except at Honiton and Exmouth.

Now CCG officers have announced that the decision will be deferred until Thursday 16 July, at the next governing body meeting, which takes place at Newcourt Community Centre, Exeter, starting at 1pm.

I would go as far as to say that it is absolutely VITAL that there is a big public attendance at this meeting.  It is essential that the light of public scrutiny remains on this issue.

For more detail about the stakeholder group’s recommendation see – https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/community_stakeholder_group_formally_recommends_east_devon_hospitals_retain 

North Devon set to lose halve its community hospital beds
This is what I fear for East Devon…. NEW Devon CCG closed all Torrington Hospital beds recently, despite a big public campaign against the plans – and now plans to halve community hospital beds across the area.  See this North Devon Gazette story for detail – http://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/news/proposal_to_halve_community_hospital_beds_in_north_devon_1_4089877