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Health scrutiny committee to decide today whether bed closures will be referred to Sec of State

Monday, 19 June 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee will today examine the case for closing 72 community beds across Eastern Devon to see whether it can be justified.

Back at the March health scrutiny meeting it appeared that a decision had been made in a huge hurry with a large range of important issues left unresolved.

See my report of that meeting here - http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/hospital_bed_cuts_to_be_referred_to_secretary_of_state_for_health_unless_ra

The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has now responded to the proposal I made at the last health scrutiny committee, requiring justification on 14 grounds.

It was agreed at the March committee that if those grounds were not deemed to be satisfactory, then the committee would have the option of referring the decision to the Secretary of State for Health.

I have read the paperwork and corresponding related papers and I don’t believe there the slightest justification for the decision to halve the remaining community hospital beds in Eastern Devon.

The meeting is held at County Hall and starts at 2.15pm and will be live webcast here - https://devoncc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

Here are the agenda papers -http://democracy.devon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=429&MId=2581&Ver=4

Pic: At the January health scrutiny meeting debating the controversial Transformation and Sustainability Plan (a programme of health cuts and centralisation soon to be enacted)

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