GPs are to stop prescribing a number of common medicines
May16

GPs are to stop prescribing a number of common medicines

GPs are to stop prescribing a range of common drugs within weeks in a bid to save the NHS money. The medications are routinely prescribed for 35 conditions but will no longer be available free on prescription from your local pharmacist. But people are being advised they will be able to buy the drugs over the counter and while those who get free prescriptions will now have to pay – those who pay for prescriptions could save...

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Unwanted NHS equipment destined for Africa
Apr05

Unwanted NHS equipment destined for Africa

A massive empty container lorry pulled into the car park of the Young Farmers HQ in Cheriton Bishop on Saturday morning. The area was used to load the tons of unwanted NHS equipment, which would then be transported to Kwazulu Natal in South Africa where rotary clubs there would give the equipment to different medical organisations. Harry Franks, the SW Organiser for PhysioNet, a charity that helps disabled people overseas, had called...

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Patient waited 46 hours at Exeter A&E
Mar08

Patient waited 46 hours at Exeter A&E

A patient at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E) waited a total of 46 hours and 44 minutes in Accident and Emergency, the third longest wait in the country. This news comes after it was announced that only 92.5% of patients at the RD&E, during the 2016/2017 year, were being seen within the 4 hour waiting target – down from 94.8% in 2015/2016. Hospitals are meant to achieve the four hour target in 95% of cases....

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SAVE OUR NHS
Feb08

SAVE OUR NHS

Save our NHS demonstrations took place all over the country last week to protest the cut backs in the health service. In Exeter hundreds turned out with placards and banners to voice their feeling about the closing of hospitals and services and demanding more cash for the NHS. Jan Goffey the Mayor of Okehampton spoke to the crowds of demonstrators about the cut backs at Okehampton Hospital, including the closure of all the in-patient...

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READ THIS – A SHOCKING CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Jan26

READ THIS – A SHOCKING CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Dame Ruth Carnall is the former chair of the North East West Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) who were responsible for closing a number of NHS medical service in the county, including in-patient beds and the maternity unit at Okehampton Hospital and in-patient beds at Holsworthy Hospital. Former NHS executive, Dame Ruth Carnall also heads the private consultancy firm Carnall Farrar which was paid millions of pounds in...

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TOWN COUNCIL PLAN TO GET HOSPITAL DESIGNATED AS A COMMUNITY ASSET
Nov16

TOWN COUNCIL PLAN TO GET HOSPITAL DESIGNATED AS A COMMUNITY ASSET

Okehampton Councillors have voted in favour of registering the town’s hospital as an Asset of Community Value, in order to secure its future. The proposal to apply for the official designation was put forward by Okehampton Mayor, Jan Goffey. It would mean that the council would be notified in advance if there was an attempt to sell-off the site by the owners, PropCo (the National Health Service Property Services Ltd). It would also...

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