Reprieve for Torrington's minor injuries unit

THE Great Torrington Minor Injuries Unit is open again after being given a last minute reprieve by Devon Primary Care Trust. The Trust's decision to close the unit in a doctor's surgery from April 1 resulted in howls of protests in the town. Torridge an

THE Great Torrington Minor Injuries Unit is open again after being given a last minute reprieve by Devon Primary Care Trust.The Trust's decision to close the unit in a doctor's surgery from April 1 resulted in howls of protests in the town.Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox strongly condemned the move and wrote to PCT chief executive Kevin Snee.He also held meetings with local GPs, Torrington Town Council, which had also taken a strong stand, and Roger French, the PCT board member for Torridge.Opponents of the decision pointed out that many people would have had to drive miles to the nearest minor injuries unit in Bideford, which itself is now closed at night.This afternoon, the MP announced that the PCT had had a change of heart."I am delighted that the PCT has recognised the very special factors that apply to Torrington and the surrounding rural communities, which make its original decision untenable," Mr Cox said."Local people will be relieved that this important service has been preserved."He thanked everyone who had helped bring the PCT to change its mind."On this one occasion, we have succeeded in stopping what would have been another blow to local communities in our area," Mr Cox said.


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