Town council goes to solicitors over hospital beds

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As expected, Seaton Town Council unanimously decided last night to seek legal advice over the CCG’s decision to remove Seaton Hospital’s beds. Over 30 residents turned out to support the move and ask questions of the councillors.

Election meeting on Wednesday

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As readers know, I’m standing as the Independent East Devon Alliance candidate for Devon County Council in the Seaton & Colyton division. I’m launching my campaign with a Public Election Meeting, ‘A DIFFERENT KIND OF COUNTY COUNCILLOR’, on Wednesday 5th April at 7 pm in the Marshlands Centre, Harbour Road, Seaton (behind the murals opposite the Underfleet roundabout).  

The meeting will first hear an up to date report from Councillor JACK ROWLAND, speaking in a personal capacity, on the campaign to save the in-patient beds in Seaton and other community hospitals, but this is an opportunity for you to raise questions on any subject.
If you can’t make it, please let me know if you could put up a poster or help with leafleting. The Seaton & Colyton division also includes Beer, Branscombe, Colyford, Farway, Northleigh, Offwell, Southleigh & Widworthy.  Promoted by Martin Shaw, Lynwood, Old Beer Rd, Seaton.

Otter Nurseries pledges £10,000 for Judicial Review of CCG decision to close Honiton beds

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In an extraordinarily generous gesture, Otter Nurseries have told Save Hospital Services – Honiton that they will give £10,000 towards the costs of a Judicial Review of the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s decision to close the in-patient beds in Honiton Hospital. What an example for local campaigners in Seaton! If a lot of local businesses and individuals give a fraction of this amount, we can raise the funds to overturn the Seaton closures, too.

Honiton applies for Judicial Review

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This statement has been issued by the Save Our Hospital Services-Honiton group:

SOHS – Honiton Steering Group that we will be applying for a judicial review of the CCG decision regarding the beds in Honiton Hospital because it was based on a flawed consultation process. There may also be human rights issues. The steering group have created a crowdfunding page on Just Giving in order to raise £75,000 for the first tranche of funding as lawyers and barristers are very expensive. The steering group believe it’s really important to go for a judicial review as we may well be able to demonstrate that the decision was unlawful. If we can get people to give £10 each we can very soon raise the first round of funding. When you think about it £10 is four coffees or two glasses of wine so we are not asking people to make a massive sacrifice to support the judicial review.” For those who wish to donate the URL is

The reason why we put “we are going for a judicial review” is because it is not just the steering group is the town, the mayor, the league of friends, senior voice. They have all been consulted and are in favour of a judicial review.


East Devon Conservatives abandon Seaton’s beds, look to ‘bedless hospitals’

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In a shock development, East Devon Conservatives have issued a statement which has appeared on Councillor Ian Hall’s Facebook page. They have already given up the fight against the removal of beds from Seaton, Honiton and Okehampton which the CCG has decided.image1