22 September 2016
    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is urging his constituents in and around Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh to participate in the consultations being carried out by the Southern Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on the future of the community hospitals in Ashburton and Bovey Tracey.

    Mr Stride’s appeal follows local meetings he held today (22/09/16) with GPs in Bovey Tracey and Buckfastleigh, and representatives from both Leagues of Friends. He also took part in the CCG’s public consultation meeting at St Luke’s Church in Buckfastleigh and is looking to meet with GPs in Ashburton shortly. He said:

    “There is understandably huge concern locally about these possible hospital closures. There are also many concerns about the proposed new model, including the availability of local care homes, the challenges of providing support at home in rural areas, the availability of locations for the proposed health and wellbeing hubs and the challenges of recruiting staff. I have strongly urged the CCG to fully take into account the strength of feeling that exists locally, not just by members of the public but also that of local GPs and the League of Friends for each hospital. I have a number of issues that I will be taking up with the CCG during the consultation and urge constituents to provide me with their thoughts and insights in order to assist this process.”

    The consultations are running from 1st September to 23rd November and the relevant documentation is available at Those without internet access can request the documents by writing to South Devon and Torbay CCG, Pomona House, Torquay, TQ2 7FF or by phoning 01803 652511.