East Devon MP pledges support for Budleigh well-being hub campaign
PUBLISHED: 12:50 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:50 05 April 2016
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East Devon MP Hugo Swire has pledged to do everything within his power to help realise plans to transform Budleigh Salterton Hospital into a Health and Wellbeing Hub.
The project to transform the hospital into a multi-purpose health facility has experienced delays due to change in health care provider from Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT) to Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust (RDEFT).
A meeting was held on Friday (April 1) between stakeholders and MP Hugo Swire to explore ways to move the project forward.
Speaking after the meeting Mr Swire admitted his frustration at the slow progress and said he is looking to help in any way he can.
He said: “All those who attended Friday’s meeting have worked incredibly hard on this project and I am grateful to them all for providing me with such a comprehensive update.
“From the outset I have been a passionate supporter of this project as I believe it takes an innovative approach to combining health and social care.
“I, like my constituents in Budleigh, have been very frustrated by the delays to the project.
“I will be doing all that I can to help to find a constructive way forward and I will be writing to Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Care Group, RDEFT and NHS Property Services to urge them to work together to finally get this project moving.
“I will also raise this with Judith Dean, the Programme Director of Devon’s NHS Success Regime.
“I am acutely aware that this ownership issue is not unique to Budleigh and I will be pursuing this matter to ensure that all of the community hospitals in my constituency are protected and improved.”
The project to transform the hospital into a multi-purpose health facility has experienced delays due to a planned change of East Devon’s healthcare provider from NDHT to RDEFT on 1 June 2016.
This change means that the ownership of Budleigh Hospital would be transferred to NHS Property Services, which would be required to charge commercial rates for use of the hospital building.