Save Our Health Services Devon (SOHS Devon) was formed in April 2016 to campaign against the threatened closure of the acute services at the North Devon District Hospital, following the leaked publication of a document entitled The Case For Change. SOHS is now a cross-Devon campaign that has stood up against the closure of seven community hospitals, and dozens of hospital beds, wards, and services. We are the Red Line around our NHS!

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Campaign against ICS in Devon

In 2021 the Conservative Government put forward out a White Paper – now a parliamentary Bill – on the future of health and social care. SOHS is working with other national campaigns to overturn the main proposals of this Bill. We reject the break-up of our National Health Services into 42 separate ‘Integrated Care Systems’ (ICSs) which will be used to further ration access to care and to embed corporate interests at the heart of care commissioning..

More information on the government bill
  • Teignmouth Hospital

Hands Off Teignmouth Hospital

SOHS has been part of a heroic local campaign to save Teignmouth Hospital, the first purpose-built NHS hospital in the UK. After many set-backs, the hospital has been saved – for the time being – but without its in-patient beds, and with many clinics moving or being closed. Teignmouth is just the latest community hospital in Devon to be threatened with closure and to be robustly defended by SOHS.

More information about Teignmouth

Keep Summer Safe

In the run-up to Devon’s busiest ever tourist season (summer 2021), Devon CCG has closed four Minor Injury Units, all serving towns with many older residents and summer visitors. People needing urgent treatment must drive for an hour or more – if they can access transport. SOHS has joined with local mayors, councillors and Leagues of Friends to demand the full reopening of our MIUs. Keep Devon Safe this summer.

More information on Minor Injuries Units
  • NHS Nurses' Protest

Fair Pay for Nursing

SOHS is working with health unions and professional bodies to support the RCN’s Fair Pay for Nursing campaign. Our aim is to secure a fully-funded 12.5% one-off pay increase for all nursing staff, in all pay bands, to recognise the extraordinary risks and sacrifices that nurses have made during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the value of their professional skills to us as a community.

More information about Nurses’ Pay

A better model of care

SOHS has produced a number of research reports and formal submissions to public bodies, outlining our concerns about Devon’s ’new model of care’. Since 2010 our county has lost 500 community hospital beds and an eighth of its total in-patient beds. Despite the wonderful work done by community teams, voluntary and family carers, and GPs, ‘care closer to home’ has not had nearly enough investment to fill the gaps. We demand clinical beds, and clinical care, for people with clinical needs.
More information about a better model of care