• Scrutiny of Devon community hospital bed losses moved to November

    3rd September 2014 | News | Claire
  • It had for some time, been on the agenda for Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee meeting, of 18 September.

    But last week local health service managers confirmed that they were releasing detailed plans for community hospital bed losses and other changes, on 17 September, leaving 24 hours or less for the documentation to be read by the committee.  This was clearly an unacceptable situation.

    It has now been agreed that the issue will be considered by the health scrutiny committee on Monday 17 November, 2pm, at County Hall

    This will allow not just a thorough appraisal of the plans, but also for local people’s views to be known.

    The health scrutiny committee is duty bound to take residents views into account.

    The scrutiny committee cannot make a decision, but it is the only body that has a statutory responsibility for the examination of local health services and its recommendations should be taken seriously by the NHS.

    Previous blog-posts about the issue are here – http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/a_deliberate_attempt_to_hinder_scrutiny_of_controversial_devon_hospital_bed