With the proposal to severely cut community hospital beds and totally close some community hospitals (Owl STILL insists a ” community health hub” with no beds is NOT a hospital) comes some interesting behaviour from majority party councillors in East Devon.
Suddenly, they have become “experts” on consultation, loudly stating that the CCG consultation is “flawed” because users of NHS services were not consulted.
They check numbers and find some don’t add up and some are missing.
They ask for “more evidence” on some of the CCG’s wilder claims.
They suddenly discover their voices and some, who have been mute for many a long month or even years, decry the whole project – even though their own party is 100% responsible for it.
They complain bitterly about the amount of money spent on so-called consultants who seem ready to tell the CCG what it wants to hear – for a price.
Well, councillors, welcome to our world – the world of residents battling some of YOUR sillier decisions (so many of them) and profligate spending. Now YOU know how WE feel – if only for a fleeting moment and because it is YOUR health and YOUR families that will suffer from these decisions. Especially as so many of our majority councillors are of the age and lifestyle that often makes most demand on community hospital services.
Just one caveat: Councillor Leader Diviani HAS stayed true to his principles and has tacitly agreed to CCG proposals to close Honiton hospital – having not spoken out AND voting against the motion from Councillor Claire Wright at DCC to “stop the clock” on the plans until Honiton and Okehampton hospitals (both due to close under CCG proposals) could have their viability assessments checked and included in the plans.
Expect some rousing speeches when the head of the CCG comes before the EDDC Scrutiny Committee on Thursday this week at 6 pm. But do watch out for any majority councillors crossing their fingers behind their backs.
Yes, welcome to our world indeed – if only for a very short time.