North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones to question Health Secretary in House of Commons over concerns for the future of North Devon District Hospital’s services.

North Devon's MP will be questioning the Health Secretary on the future of North Devon District Hospital this morning (Tuesday).

Peter Heaton-Jones has a slot during Question Time in the House of Commons today to ask Jeremy Hunt about the hospital after healthcare bosses said there would be 'no red lines' when reviewing services.

Mr Heaton-Jones said: "I am pleased to have secured a slot during Question Time to ask the Health Secretary about this extremely important issue.

"When reports emerged two weeks ago about the possibility of services moving away from North Devon, I acted quickly to make sure ministers knew this was a matter of extreme concern.

"I have already arranged a meeting with the Health Minister and with managers of the NHS Success Regime."

Mr Heaton-Jones said in the meantime he wanted to 'underline our determination' by publically questioning the minister.

He added: "I don't expect the Health Secretary can issue any guarantees at this stage because the Success Regime is a long-term review.

"But I want to leave him in no doubt whatsoever that the North Devon community feels very strongly indeed about the possibility of any service reductions at our excellent hospital."

Petitions asking the Government to ring-fence A&E, maternity, stroke, paediatric and other acute services at NDDH have already had more than 6,200 signatures.

North Devon District councillor Brian Greenslade has also written to Jeremy Hunt to voice his concerns and ask for assurances that key services would remain at North Devon District Hospital.

Mr Heaton-Jones will be asking his question in the House of Commons during the health questions slot, which starts at 9.30am and lasts for around one hour.