Socialist Party


Dartmouth Hospital


From Anthony Mangnall MP


Monday 4 January 2021


Note: This email has been lightly edited, without loss of intent or meaning but, more importantly, marked-up so you can understand just what's going on (in red).

From: Anthony Mangnall MP <>

Date: 04/01/2021 10:41 (GMT+00:00)

To: lynngunnigle@xxxxxxxxxx

Subject: (Case Ref: AM1826)

Dear Ms Gunnigle,

Thank you for sending through your email again; I did not respond to the first one as I believe I had responded to your concerns previously.

That is, I ignored it.

I understand you are concerned about the NHS and funding in Devon, but I am afraid that I cannot agree with your comments.

Devon’s hospitals, including those serving the South Devon area, have received funding as the Government has allocated £13.2 million in funding to upgrade Devon’s hospitals and complete crucial maintenance projects.

Among the trusts receiving funding are Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust which has been awarded £5.2 million, and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust which has been awarded £3.9 million. Projects are under way and will be completed by March 2021, including operating theatre improvements at Torbay Hospital.

This is part of the Government’s £1.5 billion capital funding in the NHS which also includes plans to modernise mental health facilities, expand A&E capacity and improve infection control ahead of the winter.

The above is typical copy-and-paste from government websites. It has little, if any, meaning to people in communities but all those £ signs look awfully good, don't they?

Rural healthcare has always been one of my top priorities and since being elected I have campaigned hard for correct provision for the region, so this is a step in the right direction.

And what, pray tell, is CORRECT provision? And, a "step in the right direction" as defined by whom?

On top of all of this, the plans for the modern £4.7 million health and wellbeing centre in Dartmouth have been approved at a meeting of South Hams District Council's Development Management Committee.

That's all very impressive but is it a hospital and will it have any beds? And, just what is a "health and wellbeing centre" anyway?

This means Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) can go ahead with the approval process and legal agreements to move the scheme from planning into the building phase. The final sign off by the Trust Board, NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, GPs and South Hams District Council (the Council) is planned for January 2021. With the approvals in place, work could start on site as early as February next year. The Trust will manage the delivery of the building with funding from the Council. The completed building will be owned by the Council and leased to the NHS.

Sounds good but doesn't the Council already own a building... a proper hospital, not this proposed building that has been described as nothing more than an office block?

I am regularly engaged with local health trusts to ensure that our rural healthcare provision is widespread and comprehensive across Totnes, Kingsbridge, Brixham, Dartmouth and Paignton.

What are all these "health trusts"... I thought we had an NHS? Closing Dartmouth Hospital is hardly providing "widespread and comprehensive" healthcare now is it?

Earlier this year I visited the newly built Nightingale Hospital in Exeter and witnessed first-hand the extraordinary work carried out by the NHS.

Obligatory "aren't the NHS wonderful" comment.

Therefore I feel that the comments on your voice email are factually incorrect. There are no conspiracies, corruption or stealing of property, but if, as you say you have proof and evidence , please do take them to the authorities.

I realise you continue to be extremely unhappy with the whole situation, but I am afraid I strongly disagree with you and unless you have any proof of your comments, I will not be corresponding with you further on this subject.

I cannot/will not anwer your questions, so off you toddle.

Kind regards


Anthony Mangnall MP for Totnes and South Devon

Last Updated: Tuesday 4 January 2022