Mel Stride

    IN FURTHER discussions with the Chief Executive of South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, Derek Greatorex today (23.01.17) Central Devon MP Mel Stride urged the CCG to step back from plans which will result in the closure of Bovey Tracey Hospital and the removal of in-patient beds from Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Hospital. The CCG’s Governing Body are due to meet this week to agree final proposals to changes to local community healthcare.

    Speaking after his discussion with the Chief Executive of the CCG, Mr Stride said:

    “I remain extremely concerned and have pressed the CCG to urgently re-think their proposals. It is imperative that we enhance the provision of local healthcare and both of these hospitals are valuable local assets in natural locations for this enhanced provision. I have requested that the CCG clarify what specific services will be provided within the new Health and Well Being Centres should the beds be removed and the timeframe within which these new services will be established.
    “I have held regular discussions with the CCG over many months regarding their proposals, and have also met with both hospitals’ League of Friends, have met with GPs at their surgeries in Buckfastleigh, in Ashburton and in Bovey Tracey as well as attending and speaking at the public consultation meeting in Buckfastleigh. I acutely aware of the strength of feeling on these issues and strongly believe that local concerns must be fully reflected in the decisions taken.”

    If the CCG’s current proposals are accepted, Bovey Tracey Hospital will permanently close and the building will be sold-off with a new Health and Well Being Centre established at a new location. In-patient beds at Ashburton Hospital will be removed and the hospital will be transformed into a Health and Well Being Centre.

    Photo: Mel Stride MP meeting with Derek Greatorex, Chief Executive South Devon and Torbay CCG.