Health & Social Care

Cornwall needs many more cancer nurses, says expert report

30th May 2018 By Peter Tremayne More than 15% of chemotherapy nursing posts in Cornwall and Devon are unfilled, according to the latest Macmillan Cancer Workforce report. The report...

Cornwall’s NHS says it wants “a common platform for the delivery of local services” but denies merger

30th May 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust has confirmed it is exploring ways to “share back office functions” with the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust –...

South West Ambulance Service response times still missing targets

29th May 2018 By Jack Pitts The South West’s ambulance service is still failing to get to the most critically ill patients in good time. For yet another month...

“Sharing back office functions” – four simple words that could mean a lot for Cornwall’s Health Service

28th May 2018 By Peter Tremayne Speculation is continuing over last week’s resignation of Jim McKenna as chair of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, amid renewed “chatter” of a...

At least 8 bosses in 11 years: the high-speed revolving door at Truro’s Royal Cornwall hospital

25th May 2018 By Julia Penhaligon As Cornwall’s health chiefs continue to ponder ways of integrating and devolving NHS services, jostling for positions in any new Accountable Care Organisation,...

Under-fire Truro hospital boss quits

24th May 2018 By Anne North Jim McKenna is standing down as Chair of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) next week. Last month the Care Quality Commission...

Second Judicial Review of “Accountable Care” health systems due to start today

23rd May 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The second legal challenge to the concept which underpins “Kennally Care” is due to be heard in the High Court today (Wednesday.)  Health...

Kennally Care gets the green light from a judge in Leeds

16th May 2018 By Anne North A High Court judge has signalled the go-ahead for Kennally Care, reviving Cornwall Council’s attempts to take over the National Health Service. Judge...

Fowey told to face the future without its hospital – and to embrace a 21st century nursing home instead

3rd May 2018 By Peter Tremayne Fowey hospital is to be knocked down and the site used for hyper-modern nursing home, under plans currently being considered by NHS bosses....

More than 1,000 RCHT staff suffering from work-related stress

1st May 2018 By Anne North More than 1,000 staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, Truro, are suffering from work-related stress, according to the latest survey. The number...

NHS has no plans to re-open Bodmin Treatment Centre, but might use the building for local GPs

1st May 2018 By Anne North The National Health Service has no plans to re-instate the Bodmin Treatment Centre, closed more than a year ago following a chaotic mishandling...

EXCLUSIVE – the “behind the scenes” plan to close Cornwall’s health visitor bases and reduce the level of service

26th April 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health chiefs are planning to close and sell more than a dozen health visitor bases, moving staff into council offices.  The strategy...

Judgement reserved after Judicial Review hears how Accountable Care could change the NHS

25th April 2018 By Graham Smith Judgement has been reserved in the High Court case which will determine if Cornwall Council can revive its ambition to take over health...

Leeds High Court Judicial Review could revive Cornwall Council’s “Kennally Care” NHS project

24th April 2018 By Graham Smith A landmark legal action is due to start today (Tuesday) to consider if the National Health Service can surrender large parts of its...

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...