Seaton in fight to save hospital beds

PUBLISHED: 09:43 19 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:21 21 October 2016

Seaton Hospital. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Seaton Hospital. Picture: CHRIS CARSON


Town council calls a public meeting to dicuss the threat to in-patient services

A public meeting has been called to discuss the threat to Seaton’s hospital beds.

Working with the League of Friends and local GP practices, the town council has arranged the gathering for Friday, November 4, in the town hall, at 2pm.

It follows publication of a consultation document released by NHS NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The document features four options for the future of services in the region.

The preferred option would see the provision spread between Tiverton, Seaton and Exmouth, meaning Sidmouth could also lose all of its inpatient beds.

But two of the options would see all Seaton’s inpatient beds disappear.

After considering the choices, Seaton Town Council issued a statement to the Herald, which said: “The council is not at all satisfied that the proposed new model for assessment, access and rapid response will substitute for the valuable care that the beds in the hospital enable it to provide.

“Moreover, the town council understands why other local hospitals are valued by communities in East Devon and does not accept the necessity of losing further beds.

“The council does not agree that the relatively small amounts that will be saved by the proposed closures justify the loss of valuable local facilities. The council does, however, recognise the financial predicament of the CCG and we are writing to our MP, Neil Parish, to ask that he presses the Government for additional funding for the NHS in Devon in the Autumn Statement.

“We shall make a fuller submission to the consultation at the conclusion of this process.”

Mr Parish is expected to attend the public meeting and a representative of the CCG has been invited.

The four options are: A) 32 beds in Tiverton, 24 beds in Seaton and 16 beds in Exmouth.

B) 32 beds in Tiverton, 24 beds in Sidmouth and 16 beds in Exmouth.

C) 32 beds in Tiverton, 24 beds in Seaton and 16 beds in Whipton.

D) 32 beds in Tiverton, 24 in Sidmouth and 16 beds in Whipton.

The cuts are intended to help plug a £400million deficit by 2020/21.

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