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EDDC’s scrutiny committee blasts local NHS for shutting beds and closing injuries units

Thursday, 30 July 2015 1 Comment by Claire

EDDC’s scrutiny committee blasted NEW Devon CCG this evening, on its decision to close all the beds at Ottery and Axminster Hospitals and shut minor injuries units at Ottery, Axminster, Seaton and Sidmouth.

Ottery Hospital campaigners, James Goddard and Philip Algar addressed the committee, as did Cllrs Douglas Hull, Andrew Moulding and Peter Bowden.

There was widespread anger and frustration that the CCG had ignored thousands of residents views, as well as cutting beds when managers promised it would be moving them only.

The CCG was invited but replied to say there was no one available to attend the meeting.

The committee, now chaired for the first time in years, by a very determined non-conservative - Independent, Roger Giles, resolved to:

-Write to both MPs, asking them to contact the secretary of state for health with a request that the decision is overruled

- write to DCC’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee to complain about the process that led up to the decision, in terms of ignoring thousands of people’s views

The committee also regretted the lack of financial information available to justify the closure of the hospitals, with no costings for the ‘health hubs’, that the CCG say will replace the beds.

Pic - thanks Susie Bond. Having my three minutes during public speaking about the decision on bed closures…. Odd feeling presenting to the committee that I used to be a rather passionate member of!


1. At 12:35 pm on 31th Jul Tim wrote:

I thoroughly welcome the decision of the new scrutiny committee and the action they propose to take, and utterly condemn the way in which the NEW CCG have gone about their decision making.
Faux consultations, which result in no discernable change to proposals, no matter where such consultations come from, are a disgrace.
And a big Thank You to Claire Wright for sticking with all those concerns she shares with us, and upon which she speaks most wisely.
Where is the promised action from Hugo Swire, the unofficial ‘chat with his mates that is so more effective than having an Independent MP’. Well, if we didn’t know before the election we know now.

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