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Protests held against Devon hospital cuts

Campaigners in Exeter

Protests are taking place against proposed cuts in hospital services in Devon.

Over a thousand campaigners are at County Hall in Exeter after rallying outside NHS offices in the city this morning. They are furious that draft plans suggest closing the A&E, maternity, paediatric and stroke units at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple as health commissioners try to cut a projected deficit.

Alternatives would be located in Plymouth or Exeter, under the NHS's Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

Protesters in Exeter this morning. Credit: ITV West Country
The protest has been organised by North Devon Save Our Hospital Services. Credit: ITV West Country

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Charity runners aim to cover 200+ miles on treadmills

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Barnstaple High Street charity runners are trying to cover 235 miles on treadmills.

The fundraising challenge is to run the distance between the town and the start line of the London Marathon in Greenwich.

Members of the North Devon Road Runners started at 7am and will run continuously, even through the night, until the distance is covered. Frank Beiderman explains more about the idea behind the challenge.

We just thought this was a great way of keeping the training going and to try to raise as much money as possible for the fantastic charity.

– Frank Beiderman, North Devon Road Runners
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