Public meeting to discuss inpatient beds in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 October 2016

Honiton Hospital. Picture by Terry Ife. Ref mhh 0072-03-07TI

Honiton Hospital. Picture by Terry Ife. Ref mhh 0072-03-07TI

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A public meeting has been planned by Honiton Senior Voice after it was announced Honiton Hospital’s inpatient beds could be closing.

The group has invited a representative of NEW Devon CCG to explain the plans, while Honiton Hospital League of Friends, Honiton Dementia Alliance and other patient groups have been invited to partner the event.

The meeting will take place at the Mackarness Hall on Wednesday, October 12, at 7.30pm.

June Brown, chairman of Honiton Senior Voice, said: “We in Senior Voice know how valuable these local beds are to our members and others, including patients moved on from Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and other main hospitals.

“There are presently shortcomings in the provision of health and social care and our community would need to be convinced that sufficient alternative care would be provided.

“Nor is it acceptable for local patients or their families to be placed at Tiverton or Seaton, imposing further costs and inconvenience on them.

“The closure of beds at Honiton Hospital could also seriously impact on our local health infrastructure since we are fortunate to have the hospital along with GP and other services on adjacent sites. We would expect GPs and other professionals to be concerned at the plans of their CCG.

“Could this plan affect the sustainability of our hospital for the future?

“If beds are lost, how long would it be before there are plans to lose other departments. Or to privatise services like dialysis? It is clear from other areas of the country that we might even lose the property itself, which has a long and proud history of servicing the Honiton area.”

Honiton Senior Voice has since contacted Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish and other bodies to ensure these plans are fully explained to the people of Honiton.


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