Neil Parish MP is continuing his work with Axminster doctors, the League of Friends of Axminster Hospital, and local councillors Mervyn Symes and Andrew Moulding, to hold meetings with the NHS Northern, Eastern and Western (NEW) Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
A meeting took place in late August with Dr David Jenner, Chair of the Eastern Locality and Mid Devon sub-locality and Mr John Finn, Managing Director, to explore exactly the role that Axminster Hospital is going to fulfil in the future delivery of medical services in Axminster and the surrounding villages. At the meeting, Neil pressed both Dr Jenner and Mr Finn to be more proactive in putting their ideas forward to the Axminster community so that a more open discussion on the role of Axminster Hospital can be held in the future. The views of the local clinicians and population must be taken into consideration by the NEW Devon CCG. Palliative care for end of life services is a possible role for Axminster Hospital, and stake holders believe that all of these ideas need to be considered. Neil is in close contact with Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, who is keen to see that the role of community hospitals is enhanced in order to deliver local services.
Neil said “We very much want the clinical beds to be returned to Axminster Hospital and we will also be working with the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, who are the preferred provider of services for the new contract for Axminster and Seaton Hospitals. We will be looking for their ideas of how Axminster could provide beds to relieve the pressure on the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital after acute operations have taken place there. I have been very disappointed about the lack of transparency and decision making by the NEW Devon CCG. I feel that not enough emphasis has been put on the report put together by Sir John Evans. I fully support keeping Axminster Hospital open.”