The town with the largest catchment area for elderly people – its community hospital closes the doors on its beds today.
Built by public subscription, funded by a hard-working League of Friends, only its outpatient services will remain – for now.
The heart of a community stops beating today.
Thanks to the vote of East Devon District Leader (Paul Diviani – who voted at EDDC against his own district recommendation) and former Leader and Chair of DCC Health and Social Care Committee Sarah Randall-Johnson, who voted along with all other Conservatives on that committee not to refer the closures of Seaton and Honiton (next Monday) to the Secretary of State.
This will leave the whole of the eastern side of the district with no community beds at all – the few remaining beds to be (for the time being) in Sidmouth and Exmouth, closer to Exeter and Cranbrook.