• Hugo Swire on Ottery Hospital sell off risk: No I won’t talk to Jeremy Hunt

    14th April 2016 | News | Claire
  • Mr Swire claims in his letter that NHS Property Services do not have the power to sell Ottery Hospital, as the local NHS has indicated that it has ruled out shutting up and selling it.

    He might hope that this is the case but the reality is that if the local NHS cannot afford the rents – a huge problem in itself – they may be forced to allow NHS Property Services to sell.

    And as for refusing to speak to Jeremy Hunt on the issue of unacceptably high rents and the clear inability of a health trust to pay that rent, on an issue that is of huge concern to constituents across Ottery, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth – well that is just beyond reproach.

    I would have expected all the Devon MPs affected by this change to work together to lobby Jeremy Hunt on scrapping the rents altogether. But Mr Swire once again, has not stepped up when his help is required. And once again he has let his constituents down over an issue of the utmost importance.

    He has not heard the last of this.