Health & Social Care

Covid-19: You must again mask-up in hospital, say health chiefs, as one person in 29 now has the disease in Cornwall

By Anne North The increase of Covid-19 in Cornwall is accelerating, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics. The most recent survey found an infection...

The curious case of the five-year delay between closing three of Cornwall’s hospitals and then doing anything useful

By Anne North Health chiefs have still made no decision about the futures of community hospitals at Saltash and Fowey, which have both been closed for more than five...

Care workers must have higher wages, says Truro & Falmouth MP

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s social care sector is the most understaffed in the country, MPs heard last night (Wednesday.) An adjournment debate about ambulance waiting times at the Royal...

Covid-19: watch out, the virus is still about, warns Health Security Agency

By Anne North About 30 patients are in hospital in Cornwall with Covid, according to the latest NHS statistics.  The disease has killed six people in Cornwall so far...

Cornwall’s population increases 7.1% in 10 years – and gets significantly older

By Anne North The population of Cornwall has increased by 7.1% in 10 years, according to the latest Census data. Preliminary findings show the number of people normally resident...

EXCLUSIVE: The 30 year secret which describes how health officials considered trying to silence one of their fiercest critics over the Camelford water poisoning disaster

By Graham Smith Senior officials at the Department of Health were so concerned about their perceived response to the Camelford water poisoning disaster of 1988 that they considered taking...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate rises 23% in a week

By Anne North The rate of Covid infection in Cornwall has increased by more than a fifth in seven days, raising fears that new variants of the disease are...

Improvements needed to help vulnerable adults

By Richard Whitehouse Vulnerable people who are being cared for at home by unpaid carers in Cornwall could be at risk of harm because there are insufficient checks to...

Cornwall Care to be taken over by Sanctuary, as County Hall agrees to surrender properties in bid to rescue failing residential market and ease hospital “bed blocking” crisis

By Anne North Cornwall Council is to transfer property worth millions of pounds to the Sanctuary Care group, in a deal which County Hall hopes will rescue its ailing...

Cornwall’s care home crisis: after months of dysfunctional secrecy, a plan slowly starts to take shape

By Anne North Months of secrecy surrounding the crisis in Cornwall’s residential care sector should come to an end later this month, when County Hall’s cabinet members finally learn...

Covid-19: the virus is once more on the increase in Cornwall, according to ONS

By Anne North Covid is once more on the increase in Cornwall, according to the latest infection survey by the Office for National Statistics. Today’s (Friday’s) figures show that...

Monkeypox arrives in Cornwall

By Anne North Cornwall has its first case of monkey pox. Health officials have yet to release any details, but Cornwall Reports has established that County Hall’s public health...

Covid-19: Further slight fall in Cornwall’s infection rate

By Anne North There has been a further slight fall in the percentage of people in Cornwall testing positive for Covid. The latest survey by the Office for National...

16 years after Tony Blair imposed new contracts for dentists, a third of Cornwall’s children have no dentist at all

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North The Director of Public Health in Cornwall has said that there has been a “market failure of quite staggering proportions” in NHS dentistry....

If you want a £100,000-a-year job at County Hall, you now have an extra three weeks to get your application in

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has extended the deadline for candidates to apply for a £100,000 a year job currently in the hands of the chief executive’s wife. The...

Planners refuse permission for conversion of Falmouth nursing home to luxury flats

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to demolish a former residential home and replace it with 28 luxury flats have been refused permission, but only on the chairman’s casting vote. Cornwall...

Cornwall’s climate emergency is also a public health emergency, Cornwall’s public health director tells County Hall protest camp

By Anne North Cornwall’s public health director has taken part in a discussion with the climate protestors camped outside. Rachel Wigglesworth joined a protestors’ debate yesterday (Wednesday) about the...

Cornwall’s need for food aid sees nine-fold increase in seven years

By Richard Whitehouse The number of organisations providing food aid in Cornwall has jumped from 20 to 180 in just seven years. The startling figure has been released as...

Cornwall’s psychiatric patients risk being sent 142 miles to Bristol because of local bed shortage

By Anne North Psychiatric patients needing intensive care in Cornwall risk being sent to Bristol for treatment for at least the next five months, due to a shortage of...

NHS dentistry in Cornwall plummets by 30,000 patients in six months

By Richard Whitehouse The number of people able to see an NHS dentist in Cornwall has fallen by more than 30,000 in just six months.  New figures have been...