Mrs Parr, the Colyton Tory candidate, was a passive presence at recent protests about the closure of beds at Seaton Hospital. On the other hand, EDA candidates Martin Shaw (Seaton and Colyton) and Paul Hayward (Axminster) were then and are now vocal opponents of the plan.
“In her election leaflet, the official Conservative candidate for Seaton and Colyton, Helen Parr, confirms her support for the East Devon Tory policy of accepting ‘bed-less hospitals’. Mrs Parr acknowledges that the decision to close in-patient services at Seaton Hospital is ‘a huge blow for the town and wider area’. But her leaflet adds, ‘Helen will do everything possible to get the best role for Seaton hospital for the future’, and will insist that the CCG are ‘delivering the services they are promising before any beds are closed’. So NOT supporting the Town Council’s fight to STOP the bed closures. You have been warned.
“HEALTH campaigners say “you can’t fool us” as they prepare for a dramatic Devon-wide demonstration on April 1 against plans to reorganise health services in Devon. Save Our Hospital Services activists plan to form a red line of people around hospitals in Ilfracombe, Bideford, South Molton, Barnstaple, Exeter Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton and Torbay.
Demonstrators are opposing the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), a plan to reduce the area’s NHS deficit, which will be more than £550m by 2020/21. In North Devon for example the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is using a consultation to decide on the future of acute health services at North Devon District Hospital. …”
Red Lines at hospitals across Devon on April 1:
Honiton – Activists will assemble at St Paul’s on the High Street before marching to the hospital, EX14 1EY, at 11am.
Ottery St Mary – Activists will gather outside the Ottery St Mary Hospital, EX11 8ER, at 2pm.
Seaton – Demonstrators will gather outside Seaton Hospital at 10am.
Well, that’s what Teignmouth Town Council want to do with a large hotel which is about to come on the market. And Seaton Heights comes up for auction next week! There is previous experience: many of Weymouth’s hotels used to be council owned.
Or maybe it could be the first purchase for EDDC’s mooted housing company.
“Teignmouth town council are investigating the possibility of buying the Cliffden Hotel. The Cliffden is part of Vision Hotels, whose profits go towards supporting blind and partially sighted people across England, and employs dozens of people.
It is run by national charity Action for Blind People, profits raised go to supporting visually impaired people across England. But last year the charity confirmed it would stop running the three Vision Hotels, including the Cliffden.”
Or imagine the site for a Community Land Trust.
“Seaton and Colyton GPs condemn hospital bed closures
The GPs at Seaton and Colyton Medical Practice and Townsend House Surgery have expressed their dismay at the decision to axe all inpatient beds at Seaton Hospital.
They say the closure, as part of the latest round of health economies by New Devon CCG, is a cruel blow to the Axe Valley.
In a statement issued this week they told The Herald: “Since the earlier closure of Axminster, Seaton Hospital represents the only inpatient facility for residents of both towns.
“Coupled with the loss of Honiton Hospital, Sidmouth hospital has the only beds to cover the eastern part of Devon.
“Bed shortages this winter have seen The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital running at crisis levels so this policy seems misplaced as a way of reducing costs.
“The future plans of care in the community, with carers covering the most vulnerable in their own houses, undervalues the level and complexity of care that is offered as an inpatient and ignores the fact that there is a current shortage of qualified staff.
“End of life patients who cannot be supported at home may now end up admitted miles away from family and friends.
“Sadly, quality of care is steadily being eroded, and it is our most vulnerable patients who will be affected most by this closure.
“Challenging the decision seems futile as the alternative will be closure of Sidmouth Hospital and similar arguments will apply.
“It is the decision to focus on bed closures that needs contesting.”
“Exeter and Seaton have been chosen as the areas in Devon which will lose their community hospitals, along with prior confirmed closures in Honiton and Okehampton.
It will see the number of community hospital beds in Eastern Devon – including Exeter, East and Mid Devon districts – reduce from 143 to 72, equating to a loss of 71 inpatient beds.
The decision was made this afternoon at a publicly held meeting of the governing body of NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) at Exeter Racecourse.
Members voted in favour of option B – 32 beds in Tiverton, 24 beds in Sidmouth and 16 beds in Exmouth. No confirmation was given over when the four community hospitals affected by the changes will lose their beds or the future of those buildings and its services. Instead reassurances were made by NEW Devon CGG that it would be doing everything it can to implement safely and effectively its decision, and it will now be working on its implementation plans.
The bed closures are expected to achieve savings of £200 to £300 per bed day, with the figure more likely to be at the lower end initially because of the reinvestment required to deliver the new model of care. …”