Leading health figures back Ottery St Mary Hospital in new working group set up by Hugo

Senior health representatives join Ottery Hospital talks | Sidmouth Herald, 5th March 2019

Senior health representatives say they have a ‘shared purpose’ to meet people’s needs as part of talks about the future of Ottery Hospital.

Leading figures from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and the Northern, Eastern and Western Locality Devon Clinical Commissioning Group were among a working party discussion on Friday to review current plans for the building.

East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire, who invited the representatives, said it is the first time interested parties have been in one room to discuss a way forward for the hospital, where currently 60 per cent of its space is not used.

The meeting was held at the RD&E Wonford Hospital.

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, visited the hospital last year and said its future was safe during a debate in the Houses of Parliament. 

A statement from the working group said: “We all have a shared purpose to identify and meet the needs of the local people of Ottery St Mary and the surrounding areas, working with a range of public and third sector organisations.

“A wide-ranging and constructive discussion took place, and a number of tasks were allocated.”

A further meeting will be held in early June. 

 

Full statement on Ottery St Mary Hospital

The working group met again on Friday 1st March at the Royal Devon and Exeter Wonford Hospital to review the current plans for Ottery St Mary Community Hospital. 

The Group welcomed the statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP that the hospital would not close, made on his visit to East Devon last year.

We all have a shared purpose to identify and meet the needs of the local people of Ottery St Mary and the surrounding areas, working with a range of public and third sector organisations.

A wide-ranging and constructive discussion took place, and a number of tasks were allocated. A further meeting is planned for early June to review individual commitments.

 

Attendees

The Rt Hon. Sir Hugo Swire MP | Member of Parliament for East Devon 

Professor Em Wilkinson-Brice | Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Nurse, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Julia Cutforth | Health and Social Care Community Services Manager, Honiton/Ottery St Mary/Cranbrook Locality, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Rebecca Harty | Head of Integrated Care Model, Northern, Eastern and Western Locality Devon CCG

Dr Simon Kerr | Chair of the Eastern Locality, Northern, Eastern and Western Locality Devon CCG and GP Partner at Coleridge Medical Centre

Ali Eastland | Locality Development Officer, Devon County Council

Elli Pang | Ottery St Mary Health and Care Forum

Richard Bowes | Ottery St Mary Health and Care Forum

Leigh Edwards | Ottery St Mary Health and Care Forum

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