Mel Stride

    OKEHAMPTON’s local MP and Devon County Councillor have welcomed the decision by the area’s Clinical Commissioning Group to expand their consultation on the future of community hospitals in their area to include Okehampton but say the CCG must listen to the feedback they receive. Mel Stride MP and Cllr. Kevin Ball were highly critical of the CCG a fortnight ago for their plans to consult on four scenarios for the future of community hospitals within the trust’s area, none of which would result in the beds being kept in Okehampton. But following a public protest earlier this month and constant lobbying from Mr Stride, Cllr Ball and others, the CCG has introduced a fifth area for consultation where residents can specifically comment on the future of Okehampton Hospital. The consultation began on 7th October and runs until 6th January.

    Mr Stride had two meetings on the issue on Friday (07/10/16), firstly with local GPs at Okehampton Medical Practice and then with Cllr Ball, West Devon Borough Councillors Mike Davies and Tony Leech, Town Councillor Jan Goffey and Lynn Lane, who was involved with the Patients Participation Group from the previous surgery. Speaking after his meetings Mr Stride said:

    “There are a couple of areas where we need greater clarity, particularly in regard to transitional arrangements between the existing situation and the CCGs proposed new model. I have agreed to write to the CCG on this, as well as to press upon them the need to truly listen to the submissions they receive from local residents now they are accepting feedback specifically on the future of Okehampton Hospital.”

    Cllr. Ball added:

    “Changing the parameters of the consultation is a small step forward and it is now vitally important that residents let the CCG know their views on this hugely important issue.”

    The consultation documents are available at and anyone without internet access can write to the CCG at Newcourt House, Newcourt Drive, Old Rydon Lane, Exeter, EX2 7JQ or phone 01392 267665 and ask to be sent a copy.