Author: Anne North

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate now 35% higher than England’s average

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid infection rate is continuing to race ahead of England, now at 678.5 new daily cases per 100,000 population – 35% higher than the national...

Covid-19: South West has the highest “R” number in England

By Anne North The Covid-19 “R” number for the South West is now between 0.9 and 1.2, the highest in England.  Every other region has an “R” number of...

Covid-19: Cornwall goes dark again, as more than 100 admitted to hospital in a week and new infections soar

By Anne North More than a 100 Covid patients were admitted to hospital in Cornwall in the past seven days, as the infection rate continues to climb sharply. Cornwall...

Hospital bosses who refused £500 Covid bonus for frontline workers got up to £10,000 themselves

By Anne North Bosses at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust have been asked to provide more details about why they have refused to pay a £500 bonus to frontline...

Covid-19: Royal Cornwall hospital again suspends all visiting as infection rate soars

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, has again suspended all visiting because of rising levels of Covid infection.  The move comes only two weeks after the government’s...

Covid-19: Cornwall must look to Devon to find out what is going on

By Anne North People in Devon are to be given an update on the consequences of the decline in Covid testing – while people in Cornwall are being left...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate again on the rise, 22% higher than England

By Anne North Scientists and health chiefs are becoming increasingly concerned that the government’s latest Covid “Freedom Day” is responsible for more hospital admissions and more deaths. The official...

EXCLUSIVE: Some of Cornwall’s health workers to get a one-off £500 Covid “thank you” bonus while others are left with nothing but the memories of grateful people clapping

By Anne North All staff at the Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust are to get a one-off £500 pay bonus in recognition of the extra work – and personal risks...

Covid-19: absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, as Cornwall’s official case numbers fall but deaths remain high

By Anne North Cornwall’s official rate of Covid infection continues to fall, largely as a result of the dramatic decline in testing. The government’s numbers put Cornwall at 343.5...

Cornwall? No thanks – one third of unaccompanied Afghan child refugees would rather live somewhere else

By Anne North A third of the unaccompanied teenage Afghan refugees earmarked by the Home Office for settlement in Cornwall have refused to come, according to County Hall. The...

Cornwall Council says it took 100 “medically optimised” hospital patients into social care last month, yet the ambulances continue to queue

By Anne North A queues of ambulances waiting to discharge patients at the Royal Cornwall hospital are getting longer, according to the latest NHS data.  Patients currently stand only...

More than a month after County Hall’s declaration of a “critical incident” in adult social care, the impact on hospital beds is getter even worse

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s January declaration of a “critical incident” in adult social care, promising to free 100 hospital beds within two weeks, appears to have failed.   The...

Covid-19: Saltash and Redruth infections increasing, despite drop in testing

By Anne North Some parts of Cornwall are once again recording very high rates of Covid infection, despite the government’s declaration of its latest “Freedom Day” and the effective...

“Trust us,” says cabinet member, as councillors worry about the future of Cornwall’s care homes

By Anne North Cornwall Council has refused to give any details about the closure of three care homes which it owns, saying that its discussions with the Cornwall Care...

Covid-19: Blue skies ahead, but absence of evidence is not evidence of absence

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid cluster map is expected to get ever-more brighter in the weeks ahead, when the government starts charging £5.99 for each lateral flow test.  Free...

Covid-19: Brave New World

By Anne North Cornwall’s rate of Covid infection looks set to start the latest “Freedom Day” era with the virus 19% higher than the average for England and more...

Covid-19: the new Year Zero

With all remaining mandatory Covid restrictions in England due to be swept away next week, Cornwall's infection rate today is 596.8 new daily cases per 100,000 population.  Equivalent numbers...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate continues to fall, but is more than double that of Wales

Cornwall’s rate of Covid infection continues to fall and is now 745.8 new daily cases per 100,000 population, compared with England’s average of 665.3.  The equivalent number for Wales...

Health, social care and devolution: is Cornwall in for another seven years of stop-go-stop integration?

By Anne North The tussle for control of Cornwall’s health budget has ratcheted up another notch after the government ordered NHS bosses to allow local councillors to be members...

Covid-19: With only 11 days to the next “Freedom Day,” virus deaths in Cornwall are increasing

By Anne North Cornwall’s death toll from Covid appears to be increasing, even though the official data for positive test results shows a significant decline in daily new cases. ...