Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council are set to demand that any financial windfalls from the selling off of South Devon cottage hospitals are ring-fenced for improving local services.
At the next Torbay Full Council meeting on 22 September, Liberal Democrat Paignton councillor Ian Doggett is set to challenge Cllr Derek Mills, the Chair of the Torbay Health and Wellbeing Board to write to the Secretary of State to demand that such financial windfalls are kept in South Devon and Torbay. He said: “Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Paignton and Dartmouth cottage hospitals are all threatened with closure under the proposals by the Torbay and South Devon Clinical Commissioning Group. We are opposed to these closures unless there is a like for like provision of services.”
He went on to say: “Many people think that the money from the sale of these hospitals should be reinvested in our area. We feel it is important that we challenge the Secretary of State to ensure that this is the case. If we could keep hold of the money then it would result in an opportunity for a better service. “
The question is as follows:
“In light of the new model of care consultation being conducted by our local CCG that could result in the closure of Paignton Hospital can you please advise what representations you have made as Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board to the secretary of state, for any financial windfalls from the sale of land to be ring-fenced and reinvested in our local health and care provision?”
Contact Cllr Ian Doggett: Tel 01803 555025