Conservative MP for Totnes, Anthony Mangnall, maiden speech 22 January 2000 comments on the ‘a community in fear for its future health provisions.’

“The closure of Dartmouth’s cottage hospital in 2017 has left a community fearing for its future health provisions. With a health and wellbeing centre scheduled to be built in the coming months, there are still calls for beds, X-ray units and a minor injuries unit. I hope that my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Norfolk will forgive me if I am somewhat persistent on the matter.” Read the full speech here

Statement from Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust:

Chief Executive, Liz Davenport, said:

“We welcome local MP, Anthony Mangnall’s, interest in these important issues and look forward to discussing them with him when he meets with us, next month.

“We are committed to delivering the very best service to local people as close to home as possible. Since 2017, our community staff have been providing an increased range of community services for the people of Dartmouth and the surrounding villages, both from Dartmouth Clinic, and in people’s own homes. We also have access to two NHS-funded intermediate care beds in a Dartmouth care home for local people who need them. Our evidence from 2017 to date shows that these services are working really well together and are meeting local people’s health and care needs –  along with primary care and local voluntary services; a clinical hub at Totnes Hospital, with strengthened MIU and X-ray services as well as community hospital beds; and of course acute hospital services at Torbay Hospital.

“We are really pleased to be progressing plans for a new Health and Wellbeing Centre at the top of town, on the overflow park and ride site. The new centre  will benefit local people by bringing together our community health and wellbeing teams, GPs and voluntary sector services in modern, fit-for-purpose surroundings.

“We shared the design plans with local people for the first time last month and received some very positive comments – including about the layout and overall design. There was a real feeling of excitement about moving forward with the plans, which are available to see on our website at

“A full planning submission is due to be made to South Hams District Council at the end of February and local people will have their chance to comment on the scheme as part of the planning process. In parallel, tendering for the building work is due to begin in March, with the potential to start work on site in summer 2020, with estimated completion around August 2021.”

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