Health & Social Care

Cornwall Council hiring private consultants to help cut £35 million from adult social care

19th July 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council is sharpening its axe as it prepares to cut £35 million from its adult social care budget – and is hiring...

Royal Cornwall Hospital boss quits

4th July 2018 By Graham Smith Kathy Byrne is to stand down as chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.   She will have been chief executive at...

Helston hospital appears safe as health chiefs find a doctor

4th July 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Helston hospital appears to be safe, after the Cornwall Foundation Partnership Trust identified a doctor to provide specific cover when the current contract...

NHS Kernow agrees to fund new diabetes monitoring

3rd July 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s health chiefs have agreed to make a new diabetes treatment available – but only in certain circumstances. The “Freestyle Libre” procedure for...

Campaigners collect “Get Well Soon” signatures for Cornwall’s NHS

1st July 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Health campaigners took to the streets of Cornwall yesterday (Saturday) to collect “Get Well Soon” signatures for the National Health Service. The NHS...

EXCLUSIVE – NHS bosses reject “easy cash” from TV company who wanted to film at disused Bodmin Treatment Centre

30th June 2018 By Graham Smith Health bosses have turned down the chance to earn an easy £12,000 for the NHS by refusing to let TV producers use the...

Cornwall prepares for “Save the NHS” events to mark 70th birthday

25th June 2018 By Anne North A series of events across Cornwall gets underway later this week to highlight the uncertain future facing the National Health Service, as the...

Another “unsafe” Cornwall care home to close as CQC says it has “no confidence” in provider

19th June 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another Cornwall care home is to close after a damning Care Quality Commission report concluded its inspectors have no confidence in the provider. ...

Camelford care home to close following critical CQC report

18th June 2016 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Highermead Care Home, Camelford, is to close with the loss of several jobs.  Closure was expected after Cornwall Council intervened last week...

Council acts to remove elderly residents from Camelford care home after another critical report

16th June 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane There is uncertainty over the future of Highermead Care Home, Camelford, after Cornwall Council removed elderly residents and relocated them to other homes,...

Appeal Court asked to rule on “Kennally Care” ambitions for Cornwall’s NHS

7th June 2018 By Graham Smith Controversial reforms to Cornwall's health service, which could see the introduction of new cost-cutting Accountable Care contracts, may depend on the outcome of...

Is there a doctor in the house? The underlying problem which threatens Helston hospital

7th June 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Health chiefs are considering their options for saving community beds at Helston, as the clock ticks towards a crisis which could close the...

Anger at Edward Hain hospital’s continued closure, as cabinet member tells health chiefs “you have got to be off your heads”

6th June 2018 By Richard Whitehouse A Cornwall Council cabinet member told health bosses “you have got be off your head” about how they are considering the future of...

NHS bosses deny any plans to close Cornwall’s hospitals, as hospitals close all over Cornwall

5th June 2018 By Graham Smith NHS chiefs have again denied they have any “formal” plans to close Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units (MIUs), after receiving a 2,700-name petition at...

Council seeks a “strategic partner” for 3,500 new care homes ambition

5th June 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council is considering building extra care homes for older people after revealing there was a need for more than 3,500 new ones...

Cornwall’s health chiefs to receive Minor Injury Unit petition

5th June 2018 By Graham Smith A petition calling on Cornwall’s health chiefs not to close minor injury units will be delivered today (Tuesday.) There is a dispute over...

How Cornwall’s hospitals close: Helston to lose half its beds

1st June 2018 By Graham Smith Half of the 24 beds at Helston’s local hospital are to close on a “temporary” basis, dealing a further blow to community medical...

We’re going to need a bigger table, as Cornwall’s health chiefs decide to meet as one big happy family

31st May 2018 By Graham Smith The governing bodies of Cornwall’s separate NHS organisations are to embark on a series of joint meetings in a bid to develop what...

Cornwall secures £1.5 million to help people facing a mental health crisis

31st May 2018 By Anne North Cornwall’s health and council officials have set up a multi-agency “hub” to help people with mental health problems. The initiative has been developed...

Finally, Cornwall councillors are to consider the future of community hospitals in Fowey and St Ives

31st May 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors are preparing to discuss, for the first time in public, the possible disposal and/or change of use of community health facilities...