East Devon MP in favour of plan to retain inpatient beds in Exmouth and Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:46 22 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:46 22 September 2016

East Devon MP Hugo Swire

East Devon MP Hugo Swire

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East Devon MP Hugo Swire has pledged his support for a proposal which would see Exmouth and Sidmouth retain their inpatient beds.

Draft consultation documents have suggested there are four options for consolidating community hospital carebeing put forward by NEW Devon Clinical Commisioning Group.

Option A would see Sidmouth lose its inpatient beds, but Exmouth would retain 16 of theirs.

Option C and D would see both Exmouth and Sidmouth lose their beds.

MP Sir Hugo Swire has given his backing to Option B, which would see 16 beds retained at Exmouth and 24 at Sidmouth Victoria.

The cuts to inpatient beds are intended to help plug a £400million deficit by 2020/21.

Sir Hugo said: “From the outset it is important to note that Devon’s NHS is currently in dire financial straits.

“Establishing a new, efficient and patient-centred model of care is absolutely vital for the long term sustainability of our local healthcare service.

“I am clear that a key part of any new model of care must be the provision of hospital beds.

“It is also important to stress that the CCG are not consulting on hospital closures, they are consulting on hospital bed closures. Hospital closures are not on the table.

“If NHS England gives these proposals the green light then I will be supporting the second option open to consultation which would see beds retained at Sidmouth, Exmouth and Tiverton hospitals.

“I believe that this option - Option B - makes geographical sense and I will be fighting tooth and nail in an effort to get this particular proposal adopted.

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