Barnstaple County Councillor Brian Greenslade and a member of the Devon Health Scrutiny Committee, has welcomed the acute service review statement which headlines that acute services like A & E , Maternity and Stroke will continue at NDDH.
He said “this is a tremendous reward for all the campaigning done by the community over the implied threat to these key acute services. In particular thanks to the umbrella organisation SOHS. I have used my position as a member of the Devon Health Scrutiny Committee to fight the corner as well as writing to the Prime Minister, Health Secretary and Chief Executive of NHS England about our concerns. It appears from the headline it's so far so good.
However we must carefully examine the detail to ensure that the headline delivers the same level of acute services we have had up to now in North Devon and services are not allowed to wither on the vine.
I would express real appreciation to the staff at our Hospital for carrying on providing excellent services to the community despite the black cloud that’s been hanging over them. Its sunny today let's continue to ensure it shines over our Hospital and its services.”