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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

WITH?the possible closure of more beds at Axminster Hospital, former Mayor Mervyn Symes is calling for a parish poll so the people of Axminster can have their say over the future of medical services in the town. Following the news last week that the NHS is considering shutting down another 16 beds in the community hospitals in East Devon, Councillor Symes has written to this newspaper saying:”Can we stand back and just allow this to happen?” A parish poll is possible if it is demanded by ten electors and Councillor Symes has looked into the process of staging such a poll. A long standing and active member of Axminster Hospital League of Friends, Councillor Symes said: “While we feel sadden for Axminster’s neighbouring towns, which also face bed closures, we should protest strongly and voice our opinion on the matter. “A great deal of funding has been raised locally and spent on our hospital. It would be wrong to just sit back and allow this to happen without raising objection.” The doctors at the town’s Medical Practice appear to be in a precarious situation, as they appear to be in a position of conflict of opinion on the matter. They are unable to do anything about the situation and yet they encourage the town’s people to unite in opposing the closure of beds at our hospital. Likewise, our MP for Tiverton & Honiton Neil Parish, who serves our town so well, is very possibly unable to support any one town in particular as his constituency covers a number of towns affected by the imminent closure of beds. Are we to just accept the decision making of overpaid administrators as to the amount of funding each hospital receives? Or, does this have to come back to people power to try and overturn their decisions? I question if they are expecting charities from within the town to come to their aid and whether they should be held accountable? I feel that it would be impracticable to nurse every patient from within their home.


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