Torrington residents to rally again over hospital bed closures

10:11 27 January 2014

Torrington residents will be protesting against bed closures once more.

Torrington residents will be protesting against bed closures once more.

Archant

STITCH group organises ‘call to action day’ with speakers, a song about the bed closures and even a dance troup.

PEOPLE in Torrington will be rallying once more next weekend in support of their community hospital.

The Save Torrington’s Irreplaceable Community Hospital (STITCH) group have organised a ‘call to action day’ on February 8 in the Square at 11am.

Public consultation on the closure of the Torrington Hospital inpatient beds is due to end on March 31.

MP Geoffrey Cox, Torridge council leader Cllr Philip Collins, retired GP Dr Jean Tyler and Torrington mayor Harold Martin are among those invited to speak.

Town crier Al Mitchell has co-written a song about the bed closures and STITCH chairman Margaret Brown has organised the Streetz dance troup to perform on the day.

Mr Cox said: “Torrington Hospital is an extremely valuable resource to local residents, providing them with access to a range of health services, and it would be a massive loss to the town if the hospital were abandoned.

“People fear that the loss of the beds is the first step along that road.

“I have always supported the campaign to keep a full range of services at Great Torrington hospital, and will be joining this march as a public demonstration of my support.”

The ‘call to action day’ is being held to promote a public meeting on the bed closures on February 22, from 11am until 1pm in the Howe Concert Hall.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:40
The Pride in Ilfracombe winners with their awards and Mayor, George Squires. Picture: Sam Scott

Unsung heroes and heroines of all ages step forward at the Pride in Ilfracombe Awards.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:39
Barnstaple will see in 2015 with a fireworks display, it has been confirmed.

Firms stump up the cash to help town see in 2015 in style.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:46
The pups in their new home

Wildlife and Dinosaur Park team up with RSPCA to help seal pups

Read more
Yesterday, 11:39
Kevin Carlyle’s festive lights display in Springfield Road, Bickington. Picture: Submitted

Festive display pulls in the crowds – and donations for air ambulance.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Subscriptions
Reader travel
Advertise
Photo Orders
Competitions
Facebook
Twitter
North Devon Football League
North Devon Gazette E-edition

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition
North Devon�s trusted business finder