It had already been supported by cabinet last month and came with a recommendation that full council should approve it.

I gave a brief speech illustrating the problems, particularly on an application for 300 houses at Gittisham and the horrendous financial problems and the pressures on the local NHS, from rapidly rising demand on the service.

Cllr Paul Diviani suggested I wasn’t up-to-date, however, supported the motion along with everyone else when it was time to vote.

Health services motion 2
The fate of my second motion hinged on a change to the health and wellbeing scrutiny recommendations at cabinet on Wednesday 10 December.  I had proposed the original recommendation at the health scrutiny committee meeting of 17 November.

These recommendations were tweaked to take in elements of my motion that was up for debate at Thursday’s full council. After the recommendations were changed there wasn’t much point in pursuing my motion so I withdrew it, on the proviso that any letter was open and issued to all the media, which was agreed.

My motion read:
1.  oppose the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s plans to cut beds and minor injuries services across North, East and West Devon.

2.  write to all MPs urging them to push for increased funding for Devon’s health services, given the appalling historical underfunding issues in Devon, and the more recent reduction in growth funding of the NHS …..

Watch the webcast here – http://www.devoncc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

Photograph:  Giving an interview to ITV Westcountry on Friday about the threat to Ottery Hospital.