Author: Anne North

Covid-19: two more hospital patients die in Cornwall

By Anne North Two more patients have died from Covid at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, bringing to five the number of deaths in the past two weeks. Government...

Covid-19: Government figures reporting a further fall in daily new cases in Cornwall are contradicted by independent scientific study

By Anne North The number of new daily Covid cases in Cornwall continues to fall, according to the latest government figures, and is now 319.5 per 100,000 population.  The...

Covid-19: new case numbers in Cornwall continue to fall

By Anne North The number of daily new Covid cases in Cornwall is continuing to fall, according to government figures, and is now 343.8 per 100,000 population.  There are...

Trust us, say health chiefs, as another of Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units joins the “temporary” closure list

By Anne North Cornwall’s health bosses have finally explained the sudden closure of Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit, part of the town’s community hospital. NHS Kernow said patients from that...

Launceston Minor Injury Unit closes suddenly with no explanation

By Anne North The minor injury unit at Launceston has been closed until October.  No formal announcement appears to have been made nor any reason given, although similar sudden...

Covid-19: the number of patients occupying Cornwall’s hospital beds is going up, as government wonders just how bad it has to be before bringing back restrictions

By Anne North The number of patients with Covid-19 occupying beds at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, has rocketed since the start of June, according to NHS data. The...

Royal Cornwall hospital gets its third boss in three years

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, is getting another interim chief executive following the departure of Kate Shields to lead the new Integrated Care System next month....

Concern over County Hall’s approach to Boardmasters’ festival, as councillor breaks ranks and says that a “be careful” message is not enough to protect the public

By Anne North One of the country’s top Covid scientists has claimed that government policy towards events such as the imminent Newquay Boardmasters’ festival are part of a deliberate...

Covid-19: three more deaths in a week at the Royal Cornwall hospital

By Anne North Three more patients have died of Covid at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, in the past seven days. The grim statistic is consistent with other data...

Isles of Scilly council reveals the public cost of getting Covid patients back to the mainland – and the value of holding meetings in public

By Anne North Seven people have had to be evacuated from the Isles of Scilly, at public expense, because of Covid in recent months. Unlike Cornwall Council, the Council...

Covid-19: the Newquay hotspot is about to get even hotter, as thousands prepare for Boardmasters festival

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs are bracing themselves for what they fear could be another Covid “super-spreader” event when thousands of people descend on Newquay for the five-day...

Who is running Cornwall’s health service? It’s not who you voted for

By Anne North A scheduled meeting of Cornwall’s Health and Wellbeing Board – the first since before the 6th May local elections - has been postponed.  The notice of...

Covid-19: virus claims another life at the Royal Cornwall hospital

By Anne North Covid-19 has claimed another life at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, bringing to six the number of deaths in a 22-day period ending 19th July. This...

Covid-19: Newquay is now one of the worst affected parts of the UK

The Covid-19 incidence rate in part of Newquay has now passed the point where more than one person in every 100 has the disease.  The Newquay West area is...

Covid-19: health campaigners urge Cornwall Council to “show leadership”

By Anne North Health campaigners are urging Cornwall councillors to “provide leadership” in the battle to fight Covid-19 by using their available powers to insist on preventive measures. West...

Scandal-hit Cornwall health trust gets a new boss

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Debbie Richards as chief executive. The appointment seeks to draw a line under the scandal-hit trust, which saw former boss Phil Confue...

Covid-19: Cornwall records nearly 1,500 new cases on “Freedom Day One”

By Anne North The number of Covid infections in Cornwall is continuing to rise, with nearly 1,500 new cases each day.  In Newquay, nearly one person in every 100...

Covid-19 and Freedom Day One: will the Duke of Cornwall mask-up?

By Anne North Prince Charles can expect close attention when he visits Cornwall this afternoon (Monday) to see if he voluntarily wears a Covid face covering, or it he...

“Just because the rules say you can do something, doesn’t mean you have to” – South West Public Health boss warns of the dangers caused by tomorrow’s “Freedom Day”

By Anne North A senior public health official has warned that tomorrow’s (Monday’s) lifting of the Covid lockdown restrictions will lead to an increase in infection. Professor Debbie Stark,...

Covid-19: Whose freedom? And how many dead before the next lockdown?

By Anne North Businesses across Cornwall are bracing themselves for the impact of tomorrow’s (Monday’s) “Covid Freedom Day” when the government finally abandons its responsibility for public health and...