Conservative by-election candidate Helen Hurford – who has yet to comment publicly on anything, including Boris Johnson’s future – is pictured outside Seaton Hospital under the heading ‘Supporting Our Local NHS’ in her latest leaflet.
This is the hospital from which the beds were removed in 2017 after
- chronic Tory underfunding forced the Devon NHS to close community hospital beds;
- Tory pressure to save the threatened Tory MP in Sidmouth led the NHS to change its plans to close Seaton’s beds instead;
- Conservative councillors on the Health Scrutiny Committee blocked our move to refer the closures for further consideration.
Please remember this when you vote on June 23rd. Far from ‘securing more nurses for our area’, Conservative underfunding and lack of support for nursing means that local hospitals are chronically understaffed. The NHS probably couldn’t find the nurses to re-open the Seaton Hospital ward if they wanted to.