Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

MP calls ‘urgent’ meeting to discuss future of hospital

14:14 24 September 2012

Hospital patient

Hospital patient


Rumours of threat to Holsworthy community hospital described as ‘wholly unacceptable’.

THE MP for Torridge and West Devon has requested an urgent meeting to discuss plans for the future of Holsworthy’s community hospital.

Geoffrey Cox has written to the chief executive and chairman of the Northern Devon District Healthcare Trust expressing his dismay at rumours of major bed closures.

Mr Cox described talk of a possible threat to the hospital itself as ‘wholly unacceptable to the community and to me.’

He said: “It would be easy to underestimate the important contribution to the health and wellbeing of local people that our community hospitals provide.

“It is not just a case of medical services but the friendly and compassionate care that is extended in community hospitals, particularly to patients at the end of their lives and to their relatives.

“Independent home care while highly laudable is not an option for everyone and in my rural constituency having community hospitals close by means that friends and relatives are able to spend crucial time with their loved ones which might, because of the distances involved, not otherwise be possible at Barnstaple.”


Other News Stories


Will you be joining the big march through the centre of Barnstaple tomorrow (Saturday) to show your support for North Devon’s hospital services?

Read more

Authorities set to investigate a pit that has opened up on a popular riverside walk

Read more

The incident was reported at 2.40 this afternoon (Friday).

Read more

County’s schools are ‘high performing’ but among worst funded in the country

Read more

Elliott Gallery founder looks back on nine decades and ahead to the Braunton gallery reopening again

Read more
Yesterday, 20:02

Temporary winter closure for maintenance work, but trustees are also looking ahead to possible extension plans

Read more
Yesterday, 17:39

The latest improvement to the college’s Barnstaple campus was showcased to the public today (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 15:28

North Devon Sees Red Day – join the march at 11am from Mermaid Walk

Read more
Yesterday, 15:24

Activities for all ages to enjoy at the museum throughout next week

Read more
Yesterday, 11:38

Police warn trick or treaters to be safe this Halloween and remember not everyone wants to take part

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications