Seaton Town Council will not challenge hospital bed closures

SEATON Town Council has decided against seeking a judicial review of NEW Devon CCG’s decision to close beds at the town’s hospital.

Town councillors made their minds up after having taken initial legal advice.

Seaton Town Council met on May 2nd to discuss a report produced by solicitors.

The town council subsequently issued a statement this afternoon (Fri), which said: “Seaton Town Council voted against proceeding with legal action against the Clinical Commissioning Group.

“The potential cost of undertaking a judicial review is at least £100,000.

“Neither Seaton Town Council or Seaton Hospital League of Friends are in a financial position to underwrite this cost pending public donations.

“Both parties, having considered the advice given, felt the case for judicial review was not as strong as they hoped it would be.

“However, the council and the league of friends will continue to do everything that it can including lobbying the Devon County Council Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee, the local MP and the Secretary of State over the matter.”

Seaton mayor Marcus Hartnell said: “Whilst the council is not in a position to proceed to judicial review, this is not the end of the matter.

“We will work with our colleagues at the league of friends to continue to fight this decision.”