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Consultation on Devon care home closures ends

Devon County Council says it needs to save £100 million from its budget Credit: ITV Westcountry

Today is the last day for people to have their say on the proposed closure of twenty residential homes in Devon. The authority is reviewing how it provides care for older people. It needs to save more than a hundred million pounds from its budget over the next three years.

There's been widespread opposition to some of the changes, but the Council says appropriate alternative care would be provided for anyone affected.

Regional stocks of rare blood groups running 'dangerously low'.

Stocks of rare blood groups are running 'dangerously low' and the consequences could ultimately cost lives, experts are warning tonight.

Demand for O negative and B negative is growing but the number of donors with that match is in decline.

One centre in the South West is urging people to come forward now to prevent a potential crisis later. NHS Blood & Transplant have revealed the number of active donors who've given blood in the last two years in our region:

  • Cornwall - 15,895

  • Devon - 32,289

  • Somerset- 29,031

Of those donors across the three counties, the following are O and B negative:

  • Cornwall - 336 B neg & 1,743 O neg

  • Devon - 647 B neg & 3,493 O neg

  • Somerset - 598 B neg & 3,288 O neg

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Family health services in crisis

Family health services in the West Country are facing a crisis as stressed GPs threaten to leave their jobs according to a report by the British Medical Association.

Sixty percent are considering retiring early while over a third have set a date to do so. They say the reason is long hours and high workloads. The BMA claim some practices across the region are already staring at a funding and recruitment crisis.

Inquest to be held into death of Cornish teenager

Ben Cowburn died at a mental health unit for adults Credit: Family

An inquest will start today into the death of a teenager from Cornwall who died at a mental health unit for adults.

Ben Cowburn, who was 18, died a few days before Christmas 2010 in Longreach Hospital in Redruth.

His family are campaigning for a unit for young people to be set up in the county.

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RD&E Hospital faces £2.7million shortfall

Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital faces cash shortfall Credit: ITV News West Country

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is heading for a £2.7million hole in its budget this year.

It's had to make efficiency savings of £11 million pounds over the past four years despite increasing demand, particularly from older patients. The hospital trust says the deficit is just one per cent of its budget and is not planning major cuts.

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