NHS East Devon beds consultation ‘thin end of the wedge’

PUBLISHED: 06:30 11 November 2016

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People in East Devon have been urged to reject a ‘community versus community’ consultation on potential hospital bed cuts.

An NHS ‘future care’ consultation is currently ongoing into plans to cut the number of inpatient beds across the region to increase the amount of care at home.

Four options have been put forward, with two of them meaning the 18 inpatient beds at Exmouth would be lost.

Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) preferred option is to keep 16 beds at Exmouth with 32 at Tiverton and 24 at Seaton.

At a meeting of the East Devon Labour Party, Dilys Hadley said the proposals were the ‘thin end of the wedge’ that would lead to further reduction in services and the further dismantling of the NHS.

She said: “The options being proposed by the CCG all involve the reduction in local hospital beds and it is clearly a divide and rule strategy, pitting one community against another.

“None of the proposed options is acceptable and the option that needs to be promoted is no reduction of beds or local hospitals and an increase in funding to ensure their longevity.

“Our hospitals are successful.Effective people’s homes rather than community beds are not a viable option and such proposals merely put greater pressure on families, some of which would not have the resources, skills or time to look after ageing relatives at home.”

In response, a NEW Devon CCG spokesman said: “We welcome all views on the Your Future Care proposals, including those expressed here.

“The aim of our consultation is to give everyone chance to have their say and we urge members of the public, as well as all political parties and community groups, to share their views with us.

“Our series of public consultation meetings started on Monday and we are urging people who want to attend to book in advance to guarantee their place by emailing d-ccg.YourFutureCare@nhs.net.

At a meeting on Monday (November 7), Exmouth Town Council passed a motion to reject any of the options provided by the CCG.

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