“Reductions in North Devon’s health services may already be ‘cut and dried’” reports Barnstaple Lib Dem County Councillor.
Although there has been no announcement from the Success Regime review of services, Cllr Brian Greenslade believes changes are already planned.
”An April operational report from Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) suggests things are moving faster and further before councils or the public are made aware of them.” Says Brian.
“Fears have been expressed to me that the intention of the Success Regime is to reduce NDDH to the status of a large community hospital, with acute services being provided in Exeter,” he said.
“This could mean we lose essential facilities such as A&E, and the stroke and maternaty acute services. The objective of the North, East and West Decon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon) is to resolve a £440million deficit.
“This fear is not aimed at the local trust, that does a good job with limited resources, it’s aimed at those who commission services and are implementing the Success Regime.”
“Although NEW Devon has the largest registered population of any CCG in the country, at 906,428, it already receives up to 28 per cent less funding than others in England.”
Mr Greenslade said: “My fear is things have already been decided, but not reported in the public domain and changes have already begun – if that is correct, that’s wrong.
“If we received fair funding there would not be a £440m defecit to tackle.”