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Comments on "Conservatives torpedo local people's views on community hospital bed closures"

1. At 06:35 pm on 28th Jul Chris Wakefield wrote:

The chairperson’s behaviour does raise questions. It takes a certain schadenfreude to put people lives at risk just to settle an old personal score, and if this is the case, how is it that Ms Randall-Johnson remains in the chair of such a key committee at County (where generally they have higher standards), if she plays fast and loose with its management? The writing, you would have thought, was well and truly on the wall for S R-J’s political shelf life when she was disposed of as EDDC councillor for Ottery Rural in 2011. As the more often less favoured of the two Tory candidates who regularly took the seats prior to that election, she was pushed into a third place (and out) by Claire’s barnstorming appearance in 2011.

It obviously went down very badly with her. So much so that it appears she’s prepared to shaft the public she’s supposed to be serving in east Devon out of small minded oneupmanship. There’s no other plausible reason to account for her behaviour at the meeting. There are very few people who accept that the New CCG has done anything but the most shoddy job of redesigning the NHS in east Devon, and unless you have cloth between your ears, you can’t support them on rational grounds. So there is certainly ground for complaint, and I hope there is one. Add my name to those objecting please.

2. At 10:55 pm on 28th Jul +Joan Kelly wrote:

Whilst I agree with people being treated in their own homes especially elderly people I am concerned that the funding and care won’t be in place when this comes to fruition. Most elderly people would prefer to be treated and die in their homes than in a hospital.
Saying that I am appalled and disgusted at the behaviour of Councillor Randall Johnson. I would expect more from a County Councillor, not a petty feud which this appears to be.
While she may not have done anything illegal as such it calls into question whether she is a fit person to be a County Councillor.
I think Claire’s constituents should be making a formal complaint regarding her behaviour. I for one am quite willing to do so. Therefore please can you tell us who to write to Claire.

3. At 11:48 pm on 31th Jul Jack Rowland wrote:

Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the Scrutiny meeting last week due to a family member being in hospital in Lincs and I had planned to speak in the public segment. I did email all the Scrutiny Committee members urging a decision to refer to the Health Sec and listened and watched the webcast. To say I was disgusted by the Chair’s actions would be an understatement. I have put an agenda item on the Seaton Town Council meeting for next Monday on this subject and seeking a meeting with Jeremy Hunt and Neil Parish as soon as possible.

4. At 03:13 pm on 01th Aug Claire Wright wrote:

Thanks Joan, you would need to write to the county solicitor to complain - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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