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Please attend special town council meeting to ‘re-examine’ working group to save hospital!

Thursday, 22 November 2018 2 Comments by Claire

An Extraordinary Town Council meeting to ‘re-examine’ a decision to set up a working group to retain Ottery Hospital, will take place next Thursday (29 November) at the unusual time of 2.30pm.

Four councillors - Dobson, Holmes, Gori and Edwards have signed the paperwork required to trigger the meeting, at which councillors will decide to ‘support or rescind’ the decision made earlier this month to set up the working group.

At the Ottery Town Council meeting on Tuesday 6 November, a proposal for a working group to help retain Ottery’s community hospital was approved by three votes to eight abstentions.

Next Thursday’s meeting is convened on the grounds of not having enough information, despite myself, Cllr Geoff Pratt, Roger Giles and Dr Margaret Hall (chair of West Hill Parish Council) explaining at length the proposal.

I’m kind of speechless at the apparent determination of some town councillors to thwart plans to save our hospital.

And I have never known an Ottery Town Council meeting in public to take place in the middle of the day either.

Dr Hall’s letter to Mayor, Paul Bartlett, setting out the background to why there is a need for a working group, was published on this blog earlier this week, here -

Members of the public are able to make representations at the beginning of next Thursday’s meeting. 

If you have a view, please do go along and express it.

If you have no view but wish to attend the meeting, please try and be there.

It will be held at the town council offices, just off The Square.

It is only by seeing the strength of feeling in the town to protect the hospital that councillors may relent and allow this vital work to happen.

Unfortunately, I am in London that day, so will be unable to be there.

The agenda will appear here shortly -

Pic:  Over 200 people who attended mine and Cllr Giles meeting in October 2014 when Ottery Hospital’s beds were first threatened.


1. At 07:53 pm on 27th Nov Leigh Edwards wrote:

If you know anything at all the OSM Town Council you will know that they are unanimously in favour of doing everything humanly possible to save our community hospital, despite nasty rumours to the contrary. The Town Council is represented on the OSM Health and Care Forum by three town councillors, and their work is now bringing real results. This Extraordinary General Meeting is simply to correct a procedural error connected with a recent vote about a proposed Working Group. It is not a vote about the Town Council’s support, or lack of, for the Hospital.

2. At 07:38 am on 28th Nov Roger Giles wrote:

I am a member of OSMTC; Leigh Edwards is not. I was at the OSMTC meeting on 6 November; Leigh Edwards was not. I would be very interested to learn details of what Leigh Edwards described as ‘a procedural error’ on 6 November.

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