There have been protests outside Okehampton Hospital over plans to close all sixteen of the hospitals in patient beds.
Councillor Kevin Ball, Devon County Council:
The proposed closure has raised fears over the hospitals overall future.
It means 143 beds spread over seven hospitals will be reduced to 72 located at just three.
Last month the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group unveiled plans to cut half of the in-patient beds in its eastern locality.