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Health scrutiny committee to debate hospital bed closures Sec of State referral on Tues

Friday, 21 July 2017 2 Comments by Claire

The Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee will decide whether to refer a decision to close 72 community hospital beds in Eastern Devon, on Tuesday (25 July), to the Secretary of State for Health.

It follows protracted discussions at the previous meeting last month about whether this was the preferred course of action, after I made a proposal to do so.

Dozens of people were in the public gallery waiting to hear what the committee had to say.

A full account of this meeting can be found here -

In the end it was decided that a special meeting should take place in July to debate the issue.

The agenda papers for Tuesday’s meeting include a legal paper which sets out some issues that the committee may consider before coming to its decision.

Since the June meeting it has been announced that Honiton Maternity Unit is set to close along with Okehampton and Tiverton’s. The loss of the general medical beds has been a factor in maintaining the viability of those units.

There will be a demonstration from a coachload of people from Seaton and Honiton that will take place at 1pm on Tuesday on the steps of County Hall.

The meeting starts at 2.15pm.

Pic: Giving an interview to ITV about the sad closure of Ottery Hospital’s beds back in 2014.

Here’s the link to the papers: -


1. At 09:43 pm on 21th Jul Michael Fairclough wrote:

Here is another underhand assault on our caring services! Where and when will it end?
We need to stop Cun… sorry! Hunt and his team of executioners from carrying out this barbaric attack!

2. At 04:08 pm on 27th Jul Karl Wallace wrote:

Although my family and I don’t live in Honiton these closures of wards and units in Devon Somerset will be having a knock on effect too the larger hospitals . This is not about improving services but saving money (short term) and reducing risk to the corporate organisations. The large hospitals will be spending more on revolving door patients who could be better helped in local hospitals for the more complex patient discharges To conclude short term savings with loss of long-term community resources !

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