Health & Social Care

Dying by numbers: Cornwall’s suicide rates among highest in the country

By Richard Whitehouse More than one person a week takes their own life in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on average. That was a shocking fact which was...

More than 5,000 patients worried about the future of Mevagissey doctors’ surgery

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs are trying to reassure people in Mevagissey that they have a plan to ensure continued primary care services, amid concern that the local...

Unison to ballot hospital staff for strike action in dispute over pay

By Julia Penhaligon Unison has told Royal Cornwall hospital bosses it is to ballot 600 cleaning and catering staff who work for Mitie, seeking authority for strike action in...

10,600 children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly “have experienced sexual abuse” – new report

By Graham Smith Nearly 11,000 children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have experienced some form of sexual abuse, according to a new report. A new three-year strategy...

Cornwall’s GPs encouraged to refer youngsters with mental health issues to Newquay surf charity

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Doctors in Cornwall are being encouraged to send youngsters with anxiety and self-esteem issues for surf-therapy, as a way of supporting conventional mental health treatments. The...

Gosh, it’s really brilliant and fab – so why is the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust still inadequate?

By Anne North It might not be obvious to official health watchdogs, but if there is one word which sums up the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust’s strategy for the...

Supreme Court rejects bid to challenge Kennally Care, paving the way for a new health service structure in Cornwall

By Anne North Health campaigners trying to stop Cornwall Council taking over the NHS have failed in their bid to stage a Supreme Court challenge.  The court’s denial of...

Cornwall Council’s soon-to-depart head of children’s services in line for national Corporate Director of the Year award

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Council’s head of children’s services has been shortlisted for “Corporate Director of the Year” in the prestigious Municipal Journal awards. Trevor Doughty was appointed in...

Bude’s Minor Injury Unit to remain closed overnight “until October at the earliest”

By Julia Penhaligon The Minor Injuries Unit at Bude-Stratton hospital will remain closed overnight until at least October, the local Community Network Panel heard this week. The MIU closed...

Government gives Cornwall £625,000 to help reduce rough sleeping

By Anne North The government has given Cornwall an extra £625,000 to help tackle the problem of rough sleeping.  Cornwall has long been one of the worst parts of...

Cornwall’s communities urged to become new watchdogs to press for better NHS dental treatment

By Anne North The chronic shortage of NHS dentistry in Cornwall will come under County Hall scrutiny next week when councillors consider calling for local communities to be given...

County Hall promises “full review” of care payments will be delivered by May

By Richard Whitehouse A review of Cornwall Council’s system for social care payments is due to report no later than May, officials have promised. The full review was ordered...

Oakleigh House gets another three years, as health commissioners change their minds in the face of determined political campaign

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s health and council bosses have granted a reprieve to a £140,000-a-year mental health facility which had been due to close last week. Oakleigh House, Menheniot,...

Cornwall Council completes its takeover of NHS children’s and family services

By Peter Tremayne The shake-up in the provision of Cornwall’s health visitors, school nurses and specialist speech and language therapists comes into effect today (Monday) as County Hall completes...

Edward Hain hospital clings on, at least until the end of June

By Anne North The Edward Hain hospital in St Ives will continue to run a “prevention and re-ablement service” until the end of June, health chiefs have confirmed.  The...

New parking scheme for Cornwall’s carers comes into force today

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new car parking scheme comes into force today (Monday) for people who receive care in their home and the carers who deliver that care. The...

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...