Author: Anne North

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate rises 23% in a week

By Anne North The rate of Covid infection in Cornwall has increased by more than a fifth in seven days, raising fears that new variants of the disease are...

Cornwall Care to be taken over by Sanctuary, as County Hall agrees to surrender properties in bid to rescue failing residential market and ease hospital “bed blocking” crisis

By Anne North Cornwall Council is to transfer property worth millions of pounds to the Sanctuary Care group, in a deal which County Hall hopes will rescue its ailing...

Cornwall’s care home crisis: after months of dysfunctional secrecy, a plan slowly starts to take shape

By Anne North Months of secrecy surrounding the crisis in Cornwall’s residential care sector should come to an end later this month, when County Hall’s cabinet members finally learn...

Covid-19: the virus is once more on the increase in Cornwall, according to ONS

By Anne North Covid is once more on the increase in Cornwall, according to the latest infection survey by the Office for National Statistics. Today’s (Friday’s) figures show that...

Monkeypox arrives in Cornwall

By Anne North Cornwall has its first case of monkey pox. Health officials have yet to release any details, but Cornwall Reports has established that County Hall’s public health...

Covid-19: Further slight fall in Cornwall’s infection rate

By Anne North There has been a further slight fall in the percentage of people in Cornwall testing positive for Covid. The latest survey by the Office for National...

16 years after Tony Blair imposed new contracts for dentists, a third of Cornwall’s children have no dentist at all

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North The Director of Public Health in Cornwall has said that there has been a “market failure of quite staggering proportions” in NHS dentistry....

Cornwall’s climate emergency is also a public health emergency, Cornwall’s public health director tells County Hall protest camp

By Anne North Cornwall’s public health director has taken part in a discussion with the climate protestors camped outside. Rachel Wigglesworth joined a protestors’ debate yesterday (Wednesday) about the...

Cornwall’s psychiatric patients risk being sent 142 miles to Bristol because of local bed shortage

By Anne North Psychiatric patients needing intensive care in Cornwall risk being sent to Bristol for treatment for at least the next five months, due to a shortage of...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate falls to below 2%

By Anne North There has been a further fall in the rate of Covid infection in Cornwall, according to the Office for National Statistics. ONS says only 1.7% of...

Cornwall’s health and social care system is so badly broken that it presents “a risk of harm” according to CQC

By Anne North Cornwall’s health and social care system is so badly broken that patients and clients are “at risk of harm,” according to the government’s watchdog the Care...

Four day centres for adults with learning disabilities set to close

By Anne North Cornwall Council looks set to close, permanently, four day centres offering services to people with learning disabilities.  The centres are at Bude, Launceston, Bodmin and Newquay....

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate continues to fall

By Anne North The number of people testing positive for Covid in Cornwall continues to fall, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics. Only 2.5%...

Cornwall’s “challenging” relationship with Home Office over child refugees

By Anne North A leading Cornwall councillor has shed some insights into the tensions between local government and central government over the dispersal of unaccompanied child refugees around the...

Covid-19: Further fall in Cornwall’s infection rate, according to ONS

Only 3% of Cornwall’s population is now infected with Covid-19, according to the latest Office for National Statistics survey.  This compares with 4.5% two weeks ago.  Cornwall’s public health...

Covid-19: 920 deaths in Cornwall so far, as virus is set to overtake influenza as a cause of death

By Anne North In the past seven days, 17 people in Cornwall have died within 28 days of a positive Covid test. At current rates, and with no overt...

Cornwall’s Health & Wellbeing Board prepares to hold its first meeting for six months

By Anne North The agenda has just been published for a meeting of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health & Wellbeing Board – the first meeting of this...

Auditors call for greater scrutiny of Cornwall’s adult social care sector – but portfolio holder says information is “commercially confidential”

By Anne North Cornwall’s adult social care programme is proving so expensive that it risks damaging other council services, according County Hall’s external auditors. Grant Thornton’s annual report calls...

Sharp increase in complaints of bullying and harassment of black and minority ethnic RCHT staff

By Anne North There has been a marked increase in the percentage of black and minority ethnic Royal Cornwall hospital staff who have reported bullying and harassment from colleagues,...

Covid-19: Significant fall in Cornwall’s infection rate, according to ONS

By Anne North There has been a marked decrease in the rate of Covid infection in Cornwall, according to Office for National Statistics data published today (Friday.) The data,...