Senior Voice leads the fight against Honiton bed cuts

PUBLISHED: 17:30 21 October 2016 | UPDATED: 08:59 25 October 2016

Honiton hospital entrance. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 4439-48-11TI

Honiton hospital entrance. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 4439-48-11TI

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Honiton Senior Voice has launched a campaign to reverse the proposed hospital bed closures put forward by NHS NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The seniors are holding a meeting for all their members this Friday (October 21), followed by a meeting of Senior Voice branches in East Devon next Thursday (October 27).

The group is also working with a new steering group established by a large public meeting held last week in Mackarness Hall.

The meeting will be held at Honiton Methodist Hall on Tuesday, October 25, to plan tactics in the bid to save hospital beds.

This will be followed by a public meeting at the Mackarness Hall on Friday, November 4, to be addressed by Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish.

Mr Parish will face questions on the bed closures by the CCG following his motion before Parliament next Tuesday.

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

Voice chairman June Brown said: “Our public meeting proves there is no support for bed closures and there should be no discussion of alternatives until these plans are withdrawn.”

Meanwhile, a motion has been proposed by a group of councillors calling on East Devon District Council to ‘register its extreme concern at the impending loss 71 community beds’.

The motion will be put before the full council on Wednesday, October 26.


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