Health Secretary commits to make sure East Devon’s community hospitals go from strength to strength 

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, visited East Devon yesterday (Tuesday 26th November) to meet with Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Simon Jupp.

They met to discuss community hospital services across Devon, following on from a recent letter from the Secretary of State to former MP, Sir Hugo Swire.

The letter, sent in October, confirmed the Government has no plans to close Ottery St Mary Community Hospital and is committed to improving the services it offers.   

Simon spoke with the Secretary of State about the importance of community hospitals in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and the Health and Wellbeing Hub in Budleigh Salterton.

Simon Jupp, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for East Devon, said: “Providing care in our communities is crucial in East Devon. I am committed to protecting and improving our healthcare services and the Secretary of State shares my passion for our community hospitals. I am delighted with his commitment to ensure these services are strengthened.”

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, added: “I was delighted to join Simon in East Devon on his invitation. I’m a massive fan of community hospitals and want to ensure they go from strength to strength. It was great to hear Simon’s strong commitment to protecting and improving East Devon’s brilliant community hospitals. If Simon is elected into Parliament on 12 December as part of a Conservative majority, I know we can work together to ensure East Devon has the health services it needs for the future.”