Further concerns raised over local health care plans

View of North Devon District Hospital

Posted on: 17 October 2016

“Grave concerns” – that’s what North Devon Council has fed back to health bosses over their draft proposals to change how our health service is delivered in the future.

This week, a cross-party group of North Devon councillors sent a letter to the Lead Chief Executive for Devon’s NHS Success Regime, in response to their proposals to reconfigure hospital based services and focus on care around the home.

In the letter, the councillors explained how they recognise there is a need to change services. However, they go on to highlight how this shouldn’t be to the detriment of the community and how local people need to be assured they will have access to care, which will both maintain and improve health outcomes in North Devon.

North Devon Council Leader, Councillor Des Brailey, said: “There has been a lot of talk about the draft proposals, of which many people in our community are rightfully concerned and anxious about. We, as a council, share these concerns and want reassurances that decisions about our health service in the future have not been predetermined. At the end of the day, we cannot and will not support changes which ultimately disadvantage a large proportion of North Devon residents.”

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