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Opposition to loss of hospital beds
May 3, 2018 - May 4, 2018
District Council opposes closure and removal of hospital beds
… once again… but will the County Council take note?
From Devon Live this week:
Closure and removal of hospital beds should be opposed, council says
A motion called for the community hospitals which have lost beds to be maintained as health hubs
- 17:30, 3 MAY 2018
Councillors in East Devon have welcomed proposals from Devon CCG’s to develop placed-based health care but strongly opposed the closure and removal of community hospital beds and hospital-based services throughout the district.
A motion calling for the community hospitals which have lost beds to be maintained as health hubs, that services and clinics should be moved out of Exeter to local community hospitals and that more outpatient services should be provided in each community hospital was discussed by East Devon District Council at their meeting last week.
Proposing the motion, Cllr Marianne Rixson said that health hubs in local areas need to be supported by the Council.
She added that the need for less travelling and difficult local bus services needed to be taken into consideration and that if place-based care was to be effective then the level of out-patient services need to be increased overall or at least maintained in every town.
She was supported by Cllr Val Ranger, who added that those people discharged early from hospital, children and elderly living with long-term health conditions should be able to access out-patient services locally in every community.
Councillors voted for an amendment, proposed by Cllr Mike Allen, that said that this Council resolves to welcome the proposal of the Devon CCG’s to develop placed-based health care where strong evidence suggested that it would deliver high-quality patient care and sustainable services.
It added: “However, due to lack of supporting clinical evidence and clear future planning, the Council has strongly opposed closure and removal of community hospital beds and hospital-based services throughout East Devon.
“All efforts are made, in consultation with local communities, to ensure the existing estate of community hospitals was retained for health care purposes, where appropriate, the potential development of ‘Health Hubs’ was investigated, and council members received from the Clinical Commissioning Group a review of service changes (bed-based to home/communitybased care) made during 2017/2018 in East Devon, to include clinical evidence highlighting levels of patient safety and outcomes achieved and an evidence-based forward plan of proposed changes to health services in East Devon, for initial discussion at a future Cabinet.”
After the meeting, Cllr Martin Shaw, said that he has written to Cllr Ian Thomas, who is due to become the new leader of the council on May 16, asking for assurances that each of the hospitals which has lost its beds (Axminster, Honiton, Ottery and Seaton), as well as Exmouth and Sidmouth, to be kept open and that a formal public consultation in the affected town and surrounding area should a closure of any community hospital, involving substantial relocation of outpatient services, be proposed.