There's been a unanimous decision by board members of Northern Devon Healthcare Trust to close hospital wards in Bideford and Ilfracombe.
They will keep open Holsworthy and South Molton.
A ski-lift operator is appearing in court in France charged with the involuntary manslaughter of a Devon school-boy four years ago.
14 year-old Kieran Brookes was on a school ski trip in the French Alps when his rucksack straps became entangled with one of the lifts. The lift supervisor from France Richard Cettour and his employer are accused of a number of safety failures.
Too much too soon?
The New Devon Clinical Commissioning Group which funds NHS services has told Northern Devon Healthcare Trust that it doesn't support its decision to close any wards or units as the process is happening too quickly.
Devon County Council's Health and Wellbeing scrutiny committee also voted 4-3 for a halt in the consultation process. But the decision on closure remains with the Healthcare Trust.
Not enough beds?
Senior clinicians have also told managers that they have extreme anxiety about the closure of beds.
Doctors and consultants are worried that there are not enough beds at North Devon District Hospital and the community wards have been seen as a 'safety blanket'.
But health bosses believe that they will have strategies in place this winter to cope and that wards at Holsworthy and South Molton can increase beds at short notice if needed due to any crisis.
Health managers at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust are meeting now to decide if wards at some community hospitals should close. The Trust had suggested providing a new community ward at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple instead.
This morning the Trust board is expected to vote on closing wards in Bideford and Ilfracombe. The hospitals would all remain open for other services. A decision is anticipated by 11.30am.
Which wards were considered?
- South Molton
The public consultation found that people preferred the option of keeping open wards at Holsworthy and South Molton. More than half of all respondents to the consultation came from the Holsworthy area.
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The two schoolboys who failed to return home after missing school yesterday have been found safe and well.
Police in Devon located the pair at a local bus station in Kingsbridge just after 3am this morning.
The unnamed boys were wearing their college school uniforms when they went missing last night.
Good morning, here is a rundown of Tuesday morning's headlines:
- Police are appealing after two schoolboys failed to return home last night
- Water supplies in St Blazey should return to normal today after several days of disruption
- A new study has begun to support people born with a cleft palate - it's after a Plymouth schoolboy was bullied for five years
- Plymouth Argyle play their 5000th game tonight
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Police in Devon are searching for two schoolboys who failed to return home yesterday evening.
Writing on their facebook page on Monday night, Kingsbridge Police appealed for information about the two unnamed boys.
The pair were wearing their Kingsbridge Community College school uniforms.
We are looking for two 14-year-old lads who bunked off school and have not returned home
The post continued “We believe they are still wearing their KCC school uniform. If anybody knows where they are then could you please call 101 and quote log 583 of today."
A new study into the school experiences of young people who were born with a cleft lip and palate has just begun at the University of the West of England, aimed at improving the support available to them. Ryan Trower from Plymouth doesn't really remember the operations he had to correct his cleft lip and palate. But what has stayed with the16 year old is his school experience. He was bullied for five years because of the condition.
Plymouth are up against Exeter in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Home Park tonight. As well as being the first meeting between the sides this season, the match also marks Argyle's 5000th game in their history. Alfie Wyatt is a Pilgrims fan who has followed the club for more than 80 years.
A four year-old girl from Devon who was reported missing after a school trip to an animal centre was later found asleep on the coach booked for the class visit.
Police were called to her school near Plymouth after the girl had apparently disappeared following a trip to Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh. More details here.