Month: August 2017

Neil Parish MP snubs Seaton Mayor’s request for urgent meeting with Health Secretary

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Councillor Jack Rowland, Mayor of Seaton, has posted on Facebook:

As many of you know I wanted to arrange a face to face meeting with Neil Parish and Jeremy Hunt regarding the CCG decision to close the hospital beds at Seaton Hospital.
I’ve now received a reply from Neil Parish and the email I sent to him and the reply is reproduced below.

Dear Jack,

Thank you for your email on beds at Honiton and Seaton.

I am deeply saddened by the decisions to close beds at Honiton and Seaton Hospitals. I wanted beds to be retained at Seaton and Honiton, as part of a wider upgrade to health services in Devon. This closure is not the outcome I wanted. I would like to pay tribute to all the staff who have worked so hard to maintain fantastic inpatient beds at the hospitals over the past years.

We now have to make the best of the current situation. The CCG have stated they believe there is sufficient at-home care to replace the current beds. Hospital staff will now be redeployed into community care. Every patient who previously required care in the hospitals must now have the same level of care delivered to them at home or in a residential care home. This promise must be kept and I will be monitoring the situation carefully.

Regarding the future of Honiton and Seaton Hospitals, I want the buildings to continue to host vital health and social care services. Particularly, I want the sites to be used as health and social care hubs, with a positive future for each of the locations. I believe the hospitals still have an important role to play in community healthcare services. Any suggestions you could provide in this area, which would help maintain viable services at Seaton, would be appreciated.

I know this might be a disappointing response, but I hope we can continue to maintain excellent care in our community.

Thank you again for your email.

Yours sincerely,

Neil

Neil Parish MP
Member of Parliament for Tiverton and Honiton
House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA
Telephone: 020 7219 7172 | Email: neil.parish.mp@parliament.uk
www.neilparish.co.uk

From: cllr.jack.rowland@btinternet.com [mailto:cllr.jack.rowland@btinternet.com]
Sent: 16 August 2017 12:26
To: PARISH, Neil <neil.parish.mp@parliament.uk>
Cc: townclerk@seaton.gov.uk; Martin Shaw <cllrmartinshaw@gmail.com>; Marcus Hartnell <cllrmarcushartnell@seatondevon.com>
Subject: Seaton Hospital – bed closures

Dear Mr Parish,

I’m writing to you in my capacity as the Chair of Seaton Town Council.

As you are no doubt aware the Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee of Devon County Council voted by 7 votes to 6 on 25 July not to refer the CCG decision to the Health Secretary for a review. An investigation has been called for regarding how the Scrutiny Committee Chair managed that meeting.

In the meantime the RDE Trust are accelerating the bed closure timetable from the original timetable and the beds in Seaton Hospital are now being phased out starting on 21 August and those in Honiton the following week.

This is despite no adequate answers being given to date regarding the concerns about the “Your Future Care” changes now being implemented. At the East Devon District Council Annual meeting all the Councillors present voted in favour of requiring more information on this subject and the EDDC Scrutiny Committee met in June to question representatives of the CCG and were not satisfied with the responses and maintained their opposition to Community Hospital bed closures.

At the Seaton Town Council meeting on 7 August I tabled a motion to demonstrate concern at the decision reached by the DCC Scrutiny Committee and to seek an urgent meeting with yourself and Jeremy Hunt to be attended by myself, Marcus Hartnell (Town and EDDC District Councillor) and Martin Shaw (Town and DCC Councillor). All the Town Councillors present voted in favour of my motion.

In view of your stated opposition to the bed closures in Seaton and Honiton I hope you can facilitate the meeting I am requesting in view of the overwhelming opposition from the elected Councillors in East Devon.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future regarding potential dates, times and venue – we would be willing to travel to London if necessary.

Regards
Jack Rowland
Seaton Town Council Chair / Mayor

Vigil at Seaton Hospital on Monday 21st at 12, as bed closures are implemented

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On the initiative of Cllr Martin Pigott, Vice-Chairman of Seaton Town Council, there will be a vigil outside the hospital on Monday (21st) from 12 to 1 to protest at the closure of the inpatient beds in Seaton Hospital which will take place next week.

We will express our deep concern about the very future of Seaton and the other community hospitals, handed by the Government to NHS Property Services which will charge the RD&E a ‘market rent’ for the buildings despite the huge input of funds by the local communities.

There will also be a vigil at Honiton Hospital on Monday 28th August at 11 am. Please share!

The story of how the local community built Seaton Hospital is now online

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A new page on this site will collect together key information about the Hospital and the campaign to save it. The page has been launched by making available the story of the building of the Hospital thirty years ago, told in Mary Wood’s booklet, That’s What Friends Are For. You can now read the full story by going to the Seaton Hospital page.

RD&E briefing on local services doesn’t even mention Seaton or Honiton Hospitals

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Following the announcement that beds in Seaton and Okehampton hospitals will close next week, and those in Honiton the week after, the Royal Devon and Exeter Trust has circulated this document: YFC implementation Locality Briefing FINAL UPDATED.

For the Seaton, Axminster and Sidmouth area, listing ‘Services in the locality’, only Sidmouth Community Hospital is mentioned as such, with the ‘Dementia Day Care Unit – Axminster’, and Hospiscare at Home (but no mention of the fact that this is based at Seaton Hospital). Likewise, for the Honiton and Ottery St Mary area, there is no mention of Honiton Hospital.

Clearly there is much work to be done in getting the RD&E to, first, recognise the existing out-patient services in the hospitals, and, second, develop them as centres for further services for which people currently have to travel to Wonford.

Seaton beds to close next week – shame on East Devon Conservative leaders who have helped this to happen

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Adel Jones of the Royal Devon and Exeter trust, who run our community hospitals, has told the members of Devon's Health Scrutiny Committee that Seaton and Okehampton will lose their beds next week, and Honiton the week after. Shame on Sara Randall Johnson, Chair of the Scrutiny Committee, Paul Diviani, leader of EDDC, and other Conservative councillors who have helped this to happen.

Seaton’s exciting Seafront Enhancement Scheme finally gets planning permission

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EDDC’s Development Management Committee today finally approved the plans for Seafront Enhancement which have been developed by consultants Architectural Thread, working for Seaton Town Council, after three rounds of public consultation. Now we only need to get them built! If EDDC gets its act together, the first phase centred on the Moridunum could begin in conjunction with the re-development of Fosseway Court, this autumn, leaving the Town Council to look for funding for the second phase including Fisherman’s Gap.

Bid for County support for X52 bus service fails

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Councillor Roger Croad, the County Cabinet Member for Transportation, has told me that they won’t subsidise the peak services on the X52 route, because the number of ‘unique’ passengers who couldn’t use another service – people going from Beer to Exeter and from Seaton to the RD&E – is too small to justify this. So the service will contract to two off-peak buses a day in each direction from 2nd September. If you value those, remember to use them!
I think it’s shortsighted to push travellers from our area into Exeter into cars when the city is increasingly clogged up – it was completely gridlocked for hours one day last week.