Health & Social Care

“It doesn’t matter what you’re selling – the customer is always right” – Leisure centre row escalates as County Hall prepares for big protest tomorrow

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners and the boss of Cornwall Council’s private management company have clashed on social media over the real reasons why four swimming pools are...

Covid-19: imminent arrival of half-term tourists prompts County Hall social media blitz

By Anne North Cornwall Council has launched a school half-term social media blitz warning people about the continuing dangers of Covid-19. Cornwall’s infection rate is rising so fast that...

Cornwall’s leisure centre campaigners launch website to help protest against closures

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge have launched a website to help raise concern about Cornwall Council’s plan to close the town’s swimming pool. The Friends of...

Cornwall’s vulnerable families struggling to cope, says County Hall

By Richard Whitehouse Families in Cornwall who were “just about managing” before the Covid-19 pandemic are now unable to cope with the financial and emotional pressures they are under....

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate has doubled since “Enhanced Response Area” status was lifted 16 days ago

Cornwall's average Covid infection rate is now 539.5 cases per 100,000 population.  In late August, the government assigned Cornwall as an "Enhanced Response Area" when its infection rate reached...

Covid-19: More than 10% of recent South West PCR test results are wrong, admits Health Security Agency

By Anne North More than 10% of all Covid PCR tests from Cornwall submitted for analysis between 8th September and 12th October could have given false reassurance with an...

Covid-19: Cornwall on course to set new infection record in 20 days

By Anne North The latest Covid cluster map shows how the disease is strengthening its grip in both the west and north of Cornwall, with Marazion and St Erth...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council has spent months preparing its leisure centre closure hit list

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has disclosed that it has known for months that its outsourced leisure centre operator is seeking major revisions to the contract it signed only...

Campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres given new urgency by council’s attempt to dodge scrutiny and force a decision by 15th December

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council officials are trying to rush through a decision before Christmas about plans to close four leisure centres. The leisure centres under immediate threat are...

Covid-19: Government to give extra help to the “red wall” but ignores Cornwall, despite higher infection rate

By Anne North The government is about to announce a new package of measures to support local councils with high rates of Covid infection. Cornwall is not on the...

Cornwall’s leisure centres: protestors to tell County Hall that the long and winding road which has led to today’s crisis has little to do with Covid, and everything to do with a contract signed in 2017

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors due to attend a “watchdog” meeting in Truro next week seem likely to be greeted by scores of protestors, objecting to proposals to scrap...

Covid-19: Wadebridge is the new infection capital of Cornwall

The latest infection figures show that Wadebridge is now recording 1,016.1 cases per 100,000 population, higher than anywhere else in Cornwall.  Overall, purple clusters on the Covid map are...

The double-plus-ungood jargon that County Hall is using for its leisure centres “consultation” is failing to reach the parts that other public meetings are already turbo-charging

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Concerns have been raised that a Cornwall Council questionnaire on the future of five leisure facilities which face closure is “biased.” The council...

Covid-19: Cornwall records sharp rise in hospital admissions in one week

By Anne North Covid-related hospital admissions across the South West have risen sharply in a week, according to analysis by the Health Service Journal. Although the latest admissions data...

Covid-19: 19 months after it started, this is what “the UK’s worst-ever public health failure” looks like in Cornwall

Today's (Tuesday's) joint report from the House of Commons Science and Technology committee and Health and Social Care committee paints a damning picture of government response to Covid-19: too...

Covid-19: Lostwithiel and Penwithick area joins the critical list

By Anne North The Lostwithiel and Penwithick area has become the latest to join Cornwall’s “dark purple” clusters where Covid infection rates are higher than 800 per 100,000 population....

Covid-19: One hospital death last week brings Cornwall’s total to 644

The data as presented by Cornwall Council last week - the number of cases has increased since then.  Cornwall’s latest Covid infection rate is 466.7 cases per 100,000 population,...

Battle lines drawn as Cornwall prepares to fight for its leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Local communities across Cornwall are starting to develop their campaign strategies for saving their leisure centres. More than 100 people attended a public meeting at Wadebridge...

Covid-19: The changing pattern of seasonal infection in Cornwall

Newquay is now the safest place in Cornwall to avoid catching Covid-19, in a remarkable turnaround from the ultra-high infection rates recorded in the resort in the July-August peak...

Cornwall’s health bosses wasted £7 million on management consultants, say auditors

By Anne North The hiring of consultants to transform Cornwall’s care of the elderly has failed to save any money at all, according to accountants. Deloitte’s annual auditors’ report on...