Health & Social Care

Three years after it closed, patients in St Ives can still find a use for the Edward Hain hospital

By Anne North A pilot programme to bring the St Ives Edward Hain hospital back into use has got underway with zero publicity or promotion. The hospital, closed three...

Health chiefs offer talks about the future of Stratton’s Minor Injury Unit

By Julia Penhaligon Health chiefs plan to meet community leaders in Bude tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the future of the Stratton Minor Injury Unit, which has been closed overnight...

Kennally Care NHS battle destined for the Supreme Court, as dispute over Whole Population Annual Contracts heads for its endgame

By Graham Smith Campaigners trying to stop Cornwall Council’s takeover of the National Health Service say they will now take their fight to the Supreme Court, after the Court...

RCHT is no longer “inadequate” but still “requires improvement,” according to the Care Quality Commission

By Julia Penhaligon The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust has managed to climb out of the worst-level Care Quality Commission rating and is today (Friday) assessed only as “needing improvement.” ...

North Cornwall Minor Injury Unit to close overnight, starting tomorrow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Minor Injury Unit in North Cornwall is to close, overnight, with effect from tomorrow (Friday.) The decision has alarmed health campaigners who have spent most...

CorCare steps in to look after scores of Cornwall’s vulnerable elderly people, as Allied Healthcare finally throws in the towel

29th November 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council’s wholly-owned care company, CorCare, has taken over the portfolio of clients previously looked after by the privately-owned Allied Healthcare. CorCare is...

Cornwall can expect an extra 7,000 vulnerable adults needing social care by 2030

29th November 2018 By Richard Whitehouse An extra 7,000 people will enter Cornwall’s care sector by 2030, a council committee heard yesterday (Wednesday.)  The cabinet member responsible for adult...

Cornwall’s safeguarding cases soar: 400 new cases every month

24th November 2018 By Richard Whitehouse New figures show that the number of safeguarding concerns reported in Cornwall has almost doubled in a year. Those responsible for the figures...

Ambulance crews study the detail of new “alliance” covering the south of England

23rd November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The main trade union representing Cornwall’s ambulance crews has expressed concern about possible “back office” job losses as a result of the new...

Cornwall’s ambulance service joins an “alliance” with the entire south of England

22nd November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s ambulance service, which was once managed within the county, is now to be joined in the embrace of a massive new organisation...

Royal Cornwall Hospital still suffering “chronic” staff shortages and is not ready for winter – CQC

21st November 2018 By Anne North The Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro is still suffering from “chronic” staff shortages and is ill-prepared for winter, according to an unpublished Care...

A crucial week for the National Health Service and the prospects for Cornwall’s “Kennally Care”

19th November 2018 By Graham Smith A legal challenge to Accountable Care Organisations – which many see as an existential threat to the National Health Service – is set...

Cornwall’s children’s services to stay in-house, as row over means-testing rumbles on

8th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new integrated children’s services directorate providing one “front door” for families to access education, health and social care services, has been supported...

CQC concern over Allied Healthcare impacts scores of Cornwall clients

6th Novevmber 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane A private care agency which provides services to scores of elderly people in West Cornwall is facing an uncertain future, according to the...

Cornwall’s doctors vote for more control over Primary Care

5th November 2018 By Anne North Cornwall’s doctors have voted overwhelmingly to go ahead with “delegated commissioning” of primary care. The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Medical Group,...

Means testing for family services? We haven’t got a clue what it might mean, admits County Hall

28th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has admitted it has no idea how much money might be saved by introducing means-testing for various aspects of its children’s...

Hundreds of Cornwall’s NHS patients forced to go private, as hip and knee operations are outsourced to Care UK

27th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Hundredss of National Health Service patients in Cornwall will next month find they are being forced to use a private care provider with...

“We’ll be fine,” says Children’s Services chief, after losing her A-Team

19th October 2018 By Graham Smith The Cornwall Council cabinet member responsible for Children’s Services has moved to reassure the county’s social workers, in the wake of yesterday’s news...

Cornwall loses its A-team as three top managers set to depart County Hall’s Children’s Services

18th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s social workers are reeling this morning (Thursday) from news that their leadership team at County Hall is to leave. The three most...

China Clay area voices dissent over the new map of Cornwall’s health service

10th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse People living in the China Clay areas in Cornwall have called on health bosses to rethink medical centre plans as they said they...