Health & Social Care

Nearly 30,000 children in Cornwall live in poverty, says Director of Public Health

By Graham Smith Nearly 30,000 children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are living in poverty, according to the latest annual report by the Director of Public Health....

Jeremy Corbyn leads new bid to derail Cornwall’s Kennally Care NHS takeover

By Julia Penhaligon Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will today (Monday) try to slow the “Kennally Care” takeover of Cornwall’s NHS, with an obscure Parliamentary tactic designed to halt...

Oakleigh House: councillors prepare for showdown with NHS bosses

By Anne North Battle lines are being drawn to contest the proposed closure of Oakleigh House, a unique mental health respite centre based at Menheniot, near Liskeard. Cornwall Council’s...

New survey finds that one third of Cornwall’s primary school children are overweight

By Richard Whitehouse A new survey has found that almost a third of all children in Cornwall leave primary school overweight. All children in reception and Year 6 at...

Cornwall’s health chiefs spent £87 million on Duchy hospital in five years

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s NHS chiefs have spent more than £87 million on the privately-owned and run Ramsay Healthcare over the past five years, according to a Freedom of...

Poverty pay protest at Royal Cornwall Hospital

By Graham Smith Health campaigners plan to protest outside the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, tomorrow (Monday) demanding fair pay for the hospital’s cleaners, porters and catering staff. Protestors are...

An old chestnut: health chiefs reach for “fire safety” excuse as they try to justify closure of mental health unit

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health chiefs have fallen back on a tried-and-tested strategy in their bid to close community facilities - fire safety regulations. An official new report, seeking...

Only 40% of Cornwall’s adult safeguarding concerns actually investigated, councillors told

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has one of the highest number of reports of vulnerable adults who are at risk of being abused or neglected in the south west....

From residential sanctuary to chocolate workshops – what do Cornwall’s NHS bosses really think about mental health?

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s NHS chiefs are due to meet on Tuesday (5th March) to consider how best to head-off a damaging row with County Hall over the future...

Cornwall’s Disintegrating Care Partnership – the wheels start to fall off Kennally Care, as even the Liberal Democrats start to talk about Section 30 referrals

By Julia Penhaligon The impact of the advancing “Kennally Care” project to take over Cornwall’s NHS will come under renewed scrutiny next month as a result of the loss...

A cabinet member revolted, and a senior Lib Dem was missing – the inside story of a Cornwall Council budget defeat which delivered an extra £1 million for Cornwall’s children

By Anne North Labour’s one-vote victory over Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats yesterday (Tuesday) – securing an extra £1 million for children’s services – was achieved thanks to the abstention of...

Cornwall’s Lib Dems defeated again as Labour wins an extra £1 million for children’s mental health services

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s Liberal Democrats suffered another blow to their “progressive” credentials today (Tuesday) when a Labour proposal to add £1 million to children’s services won cross-party...

Campaign gets underway to save unique mental health centre, as Cornwall’s NHS and council bosses scrap £140,000 contract which does not fit with their new Five Year Plan

By Anne North Cornwall’s health and council bosses are coming under fire for scrapping a £140,000-a-year mental health contract which users and providers say saves lives. Oakleigh House, Menheniot,...

Health chiefs prepare for tough questions about the future of Stratton hospital

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s health chiefs can expect some tough questioning at an extraordinary meeting of the Bude Community Network Panel tomorrow (Thursday.) Residents are furious about the overnight...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s secret plan to raise more than £11 million by selling hospitals – building 206 houses instead

By Graham Smith The sale of Cornwall’s community health facilities is expected to bag £11.17 million, according to NHS England.  The sites will be used to build 206 houses....

Inside Kennally Care: details start to emerge of how charities and companies are now taking over Cornwall’s health service – with orders to cut spending

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Kennally Care: the new wave of health bosses are “self-selecting” and “set their own terms of reference”

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health chiefs have moved to reassure people that their new model of governance is “good news” – but risked ridicule by stating that three new...

Softly, softly, Kennally Care is taking over Cornwall’s NHS

By Graham Smith    Doctors and nurses in Cornwall will today (Tuesday) get the chance to find out more about the new “integrated” system which is set to replace...

Cornwall’s Kennally Care proposals for NHS takeover head for Supreme Court showdown

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Health campaigners have asked the Supreme Court to review the proposed new National Health Service contracts which, if allowed to proceed, will create a “Kennally Care”...

Do Cornwall’s health bosses know the price of everything, but the value of nothing? Social policy expert questions community hospitals sell-off

By Anne North A social policy expert has called on health chiefs in Cornwall to commission “re-ablement” centres to help patients escape from acute hospital beds and move closer...