Claire Wright’s information on Health Scrutiny Committee meeting on Tuesday

“The Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee will decide whether to refer a decision to close 72 community hospital beds in Eastern Devon, on Tuesday (25 July), to the Secretary of State for Health.

It follows protracted discussions at the previous meeting last month about whether this was the preferred course of action, after I made a proposal to do so.

Dozens of people were in the public gallery waiting to hear what the committee had to say.

A full account of this meeting can be found here –

http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/hospital_bed_closures_secretary_of_state_scrutiny_referral_pushed_back_unti

In the end it was decided that a special meeting should take place in July to debate the issue.

The agenda papers for Tuesday’s meeting include a legal paper which sets out some issues that the committee may consider before coming to its decision.

Since the June meeting it has been announced that Honiton Maternity Unit is set to close along with Okehampton and Tiverton’s. The loss of the general medical beds has been a factor in maintaining the viability of those units.

There will be a demonstration from a coachload of people from Seaton and Honiton that will take place at 1pm on Tuesday on the steps of County Hall.

The meeting starts at 2.15pm.

Pic: Giving an interview to ITV about the sad closure of Ottery Hospital’s beds back in 2014.

Here’s the link to the papers: – http://democracy.devon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=429&MId=2643&Ver=4

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