Hundreds call for Axminster Hospital beds to be saved

PUBLISHED: 09:21 22 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:21 22 October 2014

Residents pack Axminster Guildhall to protest at plans to permanently remove all in-patient beds from the town's hospital. Photo by CHRIS CARSON

Residents pack Axminster Guildhall to protest at plans to permanently remove all in-patient beds from the town's hospital. Photo by CHRIS CARSON

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Protesters pack The Guildhall to demand no permanent closures

Hundreds of residents turned out to protest at plans to permanently close all in-patients beds at Axminster Hospital last night.

They packed the Guildhall to campaign against the proposals being put forward by the East Locality Clinical Commissioning Group.

Leading protests against the plan was local MP Neil Parish.

He said: “The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital provides an excellent service but at many times of the year there are great pressures on beds. Therefore sending patients back to Axminster would be a very good use of local resources and a good use of the community hospital.

“I have asked that the clinical commissioning group put pressure on the North Devon Healthcare to not only provide hospital beds at Axminster Hospital but also to include 20 additional beds in Axminster to meet the needs of the growing population of Axminster and the surrounding villages.

“There is only one more year of the contract that North Devon Healthcare has to provide services at Axminster Hospital and so these beds should not be closed. The whole provision of services at Axminster Hospital should be looked at in the new contract after October next year so that we can work with all the community hospitals in East Devon, including Seaton, Honiton and Tiverton.”

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