Health & Social Care

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...

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,...