North Devon health boss quizzed in heated debate

Health service campaigners and councillors hear the latest update on the controversial STP review of acute services.

A packed meeting has been told ‘the baby will not be thrown out with the bath water’ when it comes to health services.

More than 100 people attended Monday’s executive meeting of North Devon Council at The Cedars in Barnstaple to quiz health boss Dr Alison Diamond on reviews of local acute hospital services.

At the end of the session, council leader Des Brailey read out a lengthy statement on the council’s position, which said it would not support any changes to health or social care services that would disadvantage the people and communities of North Devon.

Amid a barrage of questions from the public, Dr Diamond said the work being carried out by clinicians on the sustainability and transformation plan (STP) would take into account the distances patients needed to travel for health care.

Full Article on The North Devon Gazette 6th March 2017