Campaign bids to halt plans for bed closures at cottage hospital
A council committee has backed the call of campaigners who are bidding to halt plans to close a cottage hospital’s beds.
Protesters from the surrounding area are opposed to plans put forward by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust to close ten inpatient beds at Torrington Community Hospital.
Instead, under the trial project due to start on September 1, known as Transforming Torrington Together, patients will either receive care at home, or if necessary travel to Bideford and Holsworthy Community Hospitals.
The plans have been opposed with opponents angry at what they feel is a lack of communication about the plans.
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They have been supported by Torridge District Council’s external overview and scrutiny committee. The committee resolved unanimously to support Torrington in the need to put on hold current proposals to close the beds adding that the community should be consulted before any decisions are made.
Andy Boyd, the Devon County Councillor for Torrington who was also at the meeting, said: “This is a very difficult and complex issue. The first meeting we had was yesterday and I challenged them and said, are you listening to this communication you are getting, and said if you are listening you must be flexible”