MP Geoffrey Cox said changes should be ‘put on hold’ until the Care Closer to Home scheme has proved effective.

The MP for Torridge and West Devon has expressed concern over the closure of community hospital beds in Bideford.

Goeffrey Cox has held meetings with the NHS Trust and CCG, as well as MP Ben Gummer, the minister responsible for hospitals.

On Tuesday, the Northern Devon NHS Trust's board voted unanimously to close hopsital beds in Bideford and Ilfracombe.

Mr Cox said: "While I am pleased that Holsworthy has retained its community beds, I must reiterate my view that in my opinion no beds should be closed until the Care Closer to Home scheme has been proven irrefutably effective.

"However, as it would seem that despite all the concerns that have been raised with them the trust have decided to go ahead with their plans to reduce bed numbers, at the very least these changes should be put on hold until the resources and investment are put in place to make them effective."

Last week North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones said he would be 'seeking clarification' over the bed closures.