This council notes the millions of pounds that local communities have invested into their community hospitals over many years, across Devon.

This council appreciates how much local people care about their hospitals, about retaining beds in those hospitals that still have them and about retaining health services in those that have lost their beds.

This council acknowledges that the strong feeling that is present in many communities in Devon about the retention of community hospital buildings where beds have been closed.

This council strongly supports the retention of all Devon community hospital buildings for the provision of health and social care services and will strongly oppose any plans to declare any community hospital building surplus to requirements.

Pic:  Being interviewed today by BBC health correspondent, Jenny Walrond, about the importance of retaining community hospitals…