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Extra consultation meetings for Paignton

​Dr Nic​k Roberts, CCG chief clinical officer
Five additional meetings to discuss the future of community health services have been organised for Paignton.

The meetings will give local people the opportunity to give their views on proposals to switch some funding from hospital bed-based care to increasing the services that most people use.

These meetings – on 1 and 10 November at the Preston Baptist Church – follow three earlier events in September, when more people turned up than could be accommodated.

All those unable to get into the September meetings and who provided contact details are being contacted by South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and given the opportunity to reserve places at any of the new November meetings, providing they do so by Monday 24 October.

The plan is then to open up the meetings to the wider public, who will also be able to reserve a place.

Three meetings will be held on 1 November, starting at 1pm, 4pm and 7 pm, and two on 10 November, starting at 4pm and 7pm.

Dr Nick Roberts, chief clinical officer of the CCG, said: “By holding five events on two different days, we hope to accommodate everyone who wants to come along and take part in a public meeting.

“By asking people to let us know which meeting they want to attend, we hope to better manage numbers and avoid anyone being turned away.”

Dr Roberts said that the earlier three meetings held in Paignton had provided substantial feedback on the consultation proposals, all of which had been recorded by independent watchdog Healthwatch, and he expected the November events to be equally productive.

In addition, the CCG is reminding people that they can invite the CCG to attend local community meetings to discuss the proposals.

Those wanting to attend the meetings should contact the CCG on 01803 652511 or email sdtccg.consultation@nhs.net​.