Author: Anne North

Cornwall’s hospital bosses got “inappropriate payments” while nurses struggled without adequate Covid PPE

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust is taking “remedial action” after “incorrectly” paying thousands of pounds to board members.  It is the second financial scandal involving Cornwall's...

RCHT’s Kate Shields is to be the first chief executive of Cornwall’s new Integrated Care System

By Anne North Royal Cornwall Hospital's NHS Trust’s chief executive Kate Shields has been appointed as NHS Kernow’s new chief executive and accountable officer, and the chief executive of...

Hospital’s failure to spot sepsis contributed to the death of fit and healthy 20-year-old woman

By Anne North A coroner has told health authorities to investigate their mishandling of what should have been a routine operation which led to the death of a healthy...

Only one small Covid cluster in Cornwall, as hospitality sector prepares to welcome back indoor customers tomorrow

By Anne North Cornwall appears to have only one cluster of Covid-19, as the latest easing of the lockdown is due to accelerate tomorrow (Monday.) One of the most...

Cornwall’s entire health and social care system goes to “Opel 4” major alert

By Anne North Cornwall’s health and social care system is currently under acute pressure and has declared an “Opel 4” alert. The alert covers the entire health and care...

Please stay away unless your life is in danger, Royal Cornwall Hospital urges Accident & Emergency patients

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall Hospital has appealed to patients not to come to its Accident and Emergency unit if they can avoid it. The hospital issued an...

Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust board axes half its public meetings

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust board has approved a measure which will halve the extent to which it is exposed to public scrutiny. Trust chair Dr...

Covid-19 caused 32% fall in formal complaints to Royal Cornwall Hospital last year

By Anne North The number of formal complaints to the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust fell by nearly a third during the first year of the Covid pandemic, according to...

Royal Cornwall hospital gets ready for Covid’s third wave

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs are planning for the possibility of a third wave of Covid-19 infection later this year. A detailed report, drawing on the lessons of...

Covid restrictions for some Royal Cornwall hospital visitors relaxed

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall hospital has relaxed some of its Covid rules for visiting patients.  The rules were relaxed slightly last month and may be further eased...

Behind the curtain or under the carpet? Royal Cornwall Hospital bosses to axe monthly meetings in public

By Anne North Bosses at the Royal Cornwall hospital are to go ahead with plans to severely limit public scrutiny of their management.  They say this is so they...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s numbers less than half the national average, with only two weeks to go before the next easing of restrictions

By Anne North With only two weeks to go before the next scheduled easing of Covid-19 restrictions, Cornwall’s new case numbers continue to be less than half the national...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust “remains under investigation” as health boss refuses to release official reports

By Anne North Cornwall’s health bosses are refusing to release official documents which explain the background to the sudden resignation of a chief executive. Phil Confue quit as leader...

Covid-19: Two weeks after the easing of some lockdown restrictions, rate of infection is slightly higher

By Anne North The rate of Covid-19 infection in Cornwall is continuing to creep up, following the lifting of some lockdown restrictions two weeks ago. The latest rate is...

Merger between Royal Cornwall Hospital and Cornwall Partnership NHS Trusts “won’t be going ahead any time soon”

By Anne North The chairman of Cornwall’s Health and Wellbeing Board has confirmed that the proposed merger between the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation...

Plans to merge Cornwall’s health service put “on hold” as NHS chiefs in London try to resolve local management issues

By Anne North The proposed merger between the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and the Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust has been put “on hold” pending resolution of two inquiries initiated...

Covid-19: little change in Cornwall’s infection rate

By Anne North The latest NHS data for seven-day averages per 100,000 population show: Plymouth 6.9 Torbay 7.3 Devon 9.5 Cornwall 10.8 The speed with which Cornwall has gone...

Cornwall health boss “approved £30,000 payment” to former chief executive to fund doctoral research

By Anne North Cornwall’s health bosses are maintaining a wall of silence around the sudden departure of a long-serving chief executive and the continuing struggle for financial and managerial...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s new case numbers holding steady

By Anne North There has been little change in the rate of new Covid-19 infections in Cornwall over the past 24 hours, as last week's easing of some restrictions...

Covid-19: One week after the easing of lockdown, Cornwall’s numbers start going up again

By Anne North The first week of eased Covid restrictions has coincided with a slight increase in the number of cases in Cornwall, and a trebling of small clusters....