Health & Social Care

Adult social care consultation “not our best piece of work” admits council

21st April 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has again apologised for the way it has tried to consult vulnerable people about proposed changes to how much they pay...

Future of Edward Hain hospital awaits architect’s report on potential uses

19th April 2018 By Anne North Health chiefs have brought in architects to consider the future of the Edward Hain hospital, St Ives. The hospital, which has now been...

County Hall wants to keep public health nursing in the public sector

12th April 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council officials have rejected the idea of outsourcing public health nursing to a private contractor, in favour of creating a new “delivery...

Hospital watchdog gives RCHT just seven days to improve

6th April 2018 By Peter Tremayne The Care Quality Commission has warned Cornwall’s main hospital that it must make further significant improvements to the quality of its services.  So...

Treasury officials “stimulated” by Cornwall’s DIY health service ideas

5th April 2018 By Graham Smith Senior civil servants have signalled their support for Cornwall taking more control over the health service, according to a report due to be...

Bodmin Treatment Centre: the purpose-built NHS facility which has now been closed for a year

4th April 2018 By Graham Smith This week marks the first anniversary of the closure of the Bodmin Treatment Centre – a modern, purpose-built NHS facility which today stands...

Cornwall Council cabinet votes 7-1, with one abstention, to launch Kennally Care (but not yet)

28th March 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s cabinet today (Wednesday) voted 7-1, with one abstention, to proceed with plans for integrating health and social care.  The decision starts...

Royal Cornwall Show names the local charities to be supported at this year’s event

28th March 2018 By Anne North This year’s Royal Cornwall Show has selected the Cornish mental health charity Pentreath and The Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal as the official...

Crunch debate will expose divisions over Kennally Care, now postponed until September at the earliest

28th March 2018 By Graham Smith The controversy over Cornwall Council’s ambition to take over the health service will be exposed today (Wednesday) during a public debate over the...

The secret jigsaw: how the NHS is Shaping Our Future into a Cornwall of winners and losers, depending on the “Property Asset Scorecard”

23rd March 2018 By Graham Smith The redesign of Cornwall’s health service is set to transfer treatment of existing minor injury units to 25 “enhanced” GP surgeries – posing...

Kennally Care: it will be “mobilised” rather than “launched” with budgets which are “aligned” rather than “pooled.” Here’s a translation

21st March 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s plans to take over the National Health Service remain in place, although somewhat slowed, following the publication of a report to...

Cornwall’s “informal” Kennally Care and the quest for a new, user-friendly form of words to describe an Option 7 future for the NHS

16th March 2018 By Graham Smith The prospect of Cornwall Council taking over the National Health Service will be re-evaluated next week once County Hall officials have settled on...

Sarah Newton MP blames “Corbyn-led Momentum-controlled Labour Party” for ending Cornwall Council ambition to take over the NHS

10th March 2018 By Graham Smith Two of Cornwall’s MPs have criticised Cornwall Council for dropping plans to create an Accountable Care System to replace the National Health Service....

Will County Hall invite Virgin to take over Cornwall’s public health nursing? A new contract is needed from next year

9th March 2018 By Graham Smith Public health nursing in Cornwall – long seen as a cornerstone of preventing serious ill-health through timely intervention – could be about to...

Cornwall’s Tories criticise the dilution of and delay to Kennally Care as signs emerge of cabinet splits at County Hall

7th March 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s ambition to take over the health service appears to have taken a severe knock after the NHS Kernow clinical commissioning group...

Cornwall’s doctors throw a small spanner in the works, recommending “Option 2” before embracing County Hall’s Kennally Care

6th March 2018 By Graham Smith The NHS Kernow clinical commissioning group has agreed to proceed with a fundamental restructuring of healthcare in Cornwall – but at a significantly...

Today’s meeting in Bude will decide the future of Cornwall’s NHS

6th March 2018 By Graham Smith A small group of unelected people will today meet in Bude to decide the future of Cornwall’s health service. The board of NHS...

Lib Dems seek to reassure Tories that Cornwall’s Kennally Care will go ahead as planned

5th March 2018 By Graham Smith The Liberal Democrat leader of Cornwall Council has written to the Conservative chairman of the Accountable Care System inquiry to reassure him that...

The Empire strikes back – Kennally Care is still in play, after a day of heat and fury at County Hall

2nd March 2018 By Graham Smith When is a U-Turn not a U-Turn?  Apparently when it comes via a council press release, issued late at night, in the middle...

Tories lament the end of Accountable Care, accusing Cornwall Council of “giving in to far-left protestors”

2nd March 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives have criticised the council’s decision to abandon plans for an Accountable Care System, accusing the Liberal Democrat-led cabinet of giving in...