Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox (QC) got in touch with his statement on the closure of in-patient beds at Holsworthy Hospital. Here it is:
“I have been informed that the NDDH Trust has decided, because of what have been described to me as “staff difficulties”, to close temporarily the in-patient beds at Holsworthy Hospital.
“I have also been informed by the Trust that its policy is to provide care for those discharged from acute hospitals in their own homes wherever possible, that the need for community hospital beds has significantly decreased and that there are considerable problems in recruiting staff for Holsworthy Hospital.
“There must, therefore, be a strong possibility that the Trust will not restore those beds.
“I have informed the Trust that I am unconvinced by the case for the closure of in-patient facilities at Holsworthy Hospital and I have urged that no permanent and irrevocable decision should be made before the consequences have been fully examined and the community has been fully consulted.
“Last week, I met the Secretary of State for Health and raised with him my serious concerns over the withdrawal of community beds in Torridge and West Devon and I shall be meeting the Chief Executive of the Trust shortly to discuss this issue of very real importance to local communities.”
(from a press release)