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  • MP SEEKS ASSURANCES OVER TEMPORARY HOSPITAL UNIT CLOSURE

    Mel Stride

    OKEHAMPTON’S Member of Parliament Mel Stride has written to the Chief Executive of the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust over the temporary closure of the midwifery-led birth services at Okehampton Hospital due to ‘staff vacancies and unforeseen sickness absences’. The Central Devon MP is seeking assurances that the closure “is in no way connected to the proposals to permanently withdraw the services” which have been recommended by an NHS Devon review of Acute Services across the county.

    In his letter, Mr Stride said he was “greatly concerned and surprised” to learn of the unit closure having only held a meeting at the hospital with representatives of the RD&E and the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group the week before, where there was no mention of the risk of a temporary closure.

    Mr Stride said:
    “I will be pressing the Trust hard to establish when this service will be re-opened. We should be seeing the hospital moving towards becoming a successful Health and Wellbeing hub and I am concerned that this temporary closure does not delay this in any way.”

    Okehampton Hospital is one of 12 community hospitals under the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.







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