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 beds and the closure of the maternity unit.
Similar demonstrations took place outside the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
New research published this week has shed light on the reasons that are driving doctors away from general practice. The survey revealed that two out of five GP’s in the South West are planning to leave direct patient care in the next five years. Researchers interviewed 41 GP’s and discovered that general practice primary care was under-valued.
Professor John Campbell of Exeter University Medical School carried out the survey said: “Our new research is a significant study of what is driving the exodus of GP’s from direct care. Policy makers need to take this on board and address these issues to retain GPs.’’
In another report by Sense, a disability charity has found that two thirds of families caring for disabled adults with complex needs are worried about what will happen when they can no longer be able to carry on caring.