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Community hospitals face closure as final decision looms

The meeting gets underway in Newton Abbot.

Packed hall awaits the results of a consultation on plans to close four hospitals in South Devon.

Paignton, Bovey Tracey, Dartmouth and Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Hospitals could be closed under plans being considered by the South Devon & Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group.

Last week, all four hospitals were recommended for closure following a public consultation.

Members of the public await the final decision.

Health managers say it's not about cost cutting but about how more people can receive the care they need in their own homes.

An announcement is due at the meeting which is being held at Newton Abbot Racecourse.

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