Theresa May's choice: give the NHS more money, or tell voters to expect worse care - Telegraph
Reality Check: Will one-third of NHS beds in England be cut? - BBC News
‘This week Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, became the latest civil servant accused of failing to believe.’ Stevens holds up a copy of the Daily Mail at a public accounts committee meeting focusing on the crisis in the health service.
Ministers can’t silence NHS concerns because people can see it unravelling | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian
Britain has the shortest maternity stays and the fewest hospital beds in the EU | Daily Mail Online
Further voices are being raised to abandon the current proposals for Devon:
Councillor urges NHS executive to 'abandon' Success Regime which cost £2.7 million in six months | North Devon Journal
More calls for axing of Devon community hospital beds to stop on last day of consultation | Exeter Express and Echo
Campaign groups condemn proposed cuts to in-patients beds in Okehampton and across Devon | News | Okehampton Times
In today's local paper, these proposals have been defended:
Northern Devon Healthcare Trust chief exec Alison Diamond shares 2017 'vision' of Success Regime
By NDJLaura | Posted: January 13, 2017
ANXIETY over the future of healthcare in North Devon was expressed throughout 2016 - particularly after a leaked NHS document indicated serious threat to local hospital services.
As the New Year got started the Journal asked Northern Devon Healthcare Trust to provide members of the public with an update on the progress of its Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). And the trust's chief executive Dr Alison Diamond has shared the Success Regime's "vision" and their "seven key priorities".
In her statement Dr Diamond's addresses the widespread fear that the uniquely challenging landscape and geography of North Devon has not been taken into account in the draft plans.
She assures those worried that "people are fully involved in this work who are well aware of the remoteness of the Hospital".
You can read her full statement below:
"By now, you may have heard about the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) which are being produced all across England to address how local services will evolve so they are fit for the future...
Northern Devon Healthcare Trust chief exec Alison Diamond shares 2017 'vision' of Success Regime | North Devon Journal
It is clear that services cannot cope:
56 people had to wait more than 12 hours in A&E at RD&E hospital | Exeter Express and Echo
And centralising services does not make sense anyway:
Futures Forum: The future of Devon's hospitals: At about half the cost of Wonford (Exeter), the Victoria (Sidmouth) the least costly inpatient's service in the area.
There will be a national demonstration happening on 4th March:
Sidmouth campaigners to join mass protest against ‘dismantling of NHS’ - News - Cranbrook Herald