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  • MP “DEEPLY CONCERNED” BY NHS DEVON RECOMMENDATION TO REMOVE MATERNITY UNIT FROM LOCAL HOSPITAL

    22 June 2017
    Mel Stride

    OKEHAMPTON’s Member of Parliament Mel Stride and Devon County Councillor Kevin Ball are both challenging the recommendation by NHS Devon that the maternity unit should be withdrawn from the town’s hospital. The announcement followed a review of Acute Services across Devon.

    Mr Stride, who listed the future of local healthcare services as one of the biggest issues facing Okehampton after his re-election a fortnight ago and is pushing hard for the hospital to be utilised as a Health and Well-Being hub delivering a range of outpatient services, said:

    “I was bitterly disappointed to learn that the proposals from NHS Devon’s Clinical review for Hospital Acute Services across Devon included the recommendation that midwifery-led births be withdrawn from Okehampton Hospital. I have been in immediate contact with Dr Tim Burke, Chair of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, to seek his comments and will be having discussions with the CCG shortly.”

    Cllr Kevin Ball added:

    “Our growing community has already seen a reduction in local services from the CCG and I will be working hard with Mel and others to retain our maternity unit. It is a highly-valued service and one that the community wants to keep.”







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