Mel cares deeply about our NHS and the principle of universal healthcare, free at the point of use, to those in need. As a treasury minister he helped to provide the largest ever cash increase for our NHS, and locally in Central Devon he has fought vigorously to preserve local healthcare provision.
This includes playing a key role in getting NHS England to intervene when North Tawton Medical Practice was earmarked for closure and working with campaigners in Pathfinder Village to convince NHS Devon not to close their GP surgery in 2017. When the old medical centre in Hatherleigh closed Mel pressed NHS England to get the new site up and running.
Mel worked closely with the Ashburton and Buckfastleigh League of Friends to persuade the Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust to retain the hospital building after it closed the hospital. It is now serving as a valuable Health and Wellbeing hub, providing a range of excellent outpatient services, including many that weren’t there before. He has also successfully pressed for the introduction of outpatient services at Okehampton and Moretonhampstead hospitals.
Prior to his election as an MP Mel served as Co-Chair of the Crediton Hospital Campaign Group.