The public must influence North Devon health services says the lead councillor for health in Torridge. Cllr Adam Symons has welcomed The Way Ahead, a consultation to change health services in Devon, and also a commitment from Devon PCT to save community h

The public must influence North Devon health services says the lead councillor for health in Torridge.Cllr Adam Symons has welcomed The Way Ahead, a consultation to change health services in Devon, and also a commitment from Devon PCT to save community hospitals.Speaking after Devon's Health and Adult Overview and Scrutiny Committee had reviewed the document Mr Symons, who represents Torridge on this committee, called on the public to be sure to put forward their views on how North Devon's health services should be improved. "I welcome this consultation, as it sets out the need to decentralise health services to communities. I support this, as I know my local communities want more services closer to their homes and in their doctors' surgeries," he said. "I am also pleased to say that during the meeting we sought assurances from the chief executive of the PCT that community hospitals would not be closed. He has made a commitment that there will be no community hospital closures in Devon while he is chief executive. That is great news for places like Torrington and Holsworthy. "In fact, I hope this will mean they get more services transferred to them from the acute hospitals such as Derriford in Plymouth.'To find out more about the consultation, or respond to the plans put forward by the PCT and Devon County Council, call 0845 155 1012 or email: d-pc.strategicreview@nhs.net