Our shouts of outrage have already prompted East Devon’s MP, Hugo Swire to sit up and take notice and change his position from one of accepting complacency, to opposition.
For a start, I would urge everyone who responds to the NHS consultation to send their letter to the local papers, so that they raise the profile of the issue and encourage others to respond.
Following our meeting attended by over 220 people on 7 October, Roger Giles and I have arranged a campaign meeting with those who have indicated they wish to be involved, for 28 October.
I continue to be sent letters and emails from people who are upset and incredulous at the NHS’s plans to shut all in-patient beds and the minor injuries unit, at a time of population growth and huge pressure on our public services, including our health services.
I am collecting personal stories of people’s experiences at Ottery Hospital for a book of care. All responses will be anonymised.
Remember, we have stirred our MP into action. We CAN save our hospital, if we fight clever enough and hard enough – and believe in ourselves…..
Photograph: Roger Giles and I listen as residents give their views at our meeting on 7 October.