Four South Devon community hospitals will close.
The decision to close Ashburton, Paignton, Dartmouth and Bovey Tracey hospitals was announced at a meeting at Newton Abbot Racecourse today.
Last week, a statement released by South Devon and Torbay clinical commisioning group said:
“Members of South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body are being recommended to stick with proposals to switch resources from hospital bed-based care to community-based care so as to improve health services and meet increasing demand.
“They are being recommended to agree at their meeting on 26 January to the closure of four community hospitals – in Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Dartmouth and Paignton – so as to free up resources to improve support to people at home in a move designed to improve health promotion, and reduce the number of people admitted and kept in hospital unnecessarily…”
It was decided that all four will close.
Deeply disappointed by decision to close Paignton Hospital & remove services from Paignton esp x-ray & MIU despite points made by so many.
— Kevin Foster (@kevin_j_foster) January 26, 2017
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