Health & Social Care

Cornwall waits, as Supreme Court rules that minimum pricing for alcohol is lawful in Scotland

15th November 2017By Julia PenhaligonThe chance of Cornwall setting its own minimum price for alcohol has come a step closer this morning (Wednesday) after a landmark Supreme Court ruling.A...

Cornwall asks to set its own prices for alcohol, as part of wide-ranging bid for health devolution

3rd November 2017By Graham SmithCornwall could get the chance to devise its own alcohol pricing policy, if the government agrees to a set of proposals for devolving more power...

Cornwall’s foodbanks braced for arrival of Universal Credit

30th October 2017By Julia PenhaligonThousands of people in Cornwall are bracing themselves for the introduction of Universal Credit, the controversial new benefit which replaces many aspects of the traditional...

The remarkable inside story of how the NHS tried, and failed, to sell Launceston hospital land

23rd October 2017By Graham SmithCornwall Reports has now obtained the detailed timeline of who-knew-what-and-when in relation to the botched sale of NHS land next to Launceston hospital.It reveals the...

Launceston hospital land withdrawn from Thursday’s auction

23rd October 2017By Graham SmithNHS Property Services this morning (Monday) confirmed that land at Launceston hospital has been withdrawn from Thursday’s auction, pending further consideration of its potential uses. ...

One more week to have your say about Cornwall’s Telehealth service

23rd October 2017By Rashleigh MacFarlaneNHS Kernow is about to undertake its final week of public consultation over its decision to axe Cornwall’s Telehealth service.  The cash-strapped health bosses, who...

Cornwall’s health bosses consider holding STP board meetings in public

23rd October 2017By Graham SmithCornwall’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan, now re-branded as “Shaping Our Future,” is coming under increasing pressure to hold its board meetings in public.  It is...

Hundreds brave Brian to demonstrate support for St Ives hospital

23rd October 2017Hundreds of people braved “Storm Brian” on Saturday morning to link hands around St Ives harbour in protest at the continuing refusal of NHS bosses to re-open...

Brian can’t stop today’s protests

21st October 2017By Peter TremayneToday’s severe weather associated wth "Storm Brian"seems unlikely to stop two protest rallies – one in St Ives, about the Edward Hain hospital, the other...

Cornwall Council to the rescue? Launceston hospital land to be withdrawn from next week’s auction

20th October 2017By Graham SmithThe National Health Service is coming under intense pressure to withdraw from auction a 0.4-acre plot of land next to Launceston hospital, due to be...

Think again before selling Launceston hospital land, MP tells health chiefs

19th October 2017By Graham SmithNorth Cornwall MP Scott Mann has intervened in the controversy over plans to sell a small patch of land next to Launceston hospital.The 0.4 acre...

In their own words: Cornwall health chiefs’ “expression of interest” asking government for permission to run their own show

19th October 2017By Peter TremayneCornwall Reports has obtained a copy of the how local health chiefs see their future – their bid to central government to be allowed greater...

Launceston hospital land sale: approved by Cornwall’s STP, no public consultation

18th October 2017By Anne NorthThe decision to sell NHS land at Launceston hospital was made by NHS Kernow only a few weeks ago, Cornwall Reports has established.  But NHS...

EXCLUSIVE: Launceston hospital land – the restrictive covenant not mentioned by the auctioneers

17th October 2017By Peter TremayneThe low price sought by NHS Property Services for the sale of land next to Launceston hospital might be explained by a restrictive covenant, which...

All eyes now on Cornwall’s care providers, as councillors say “yes” to doing more with £39 million less

17th October 2017By Graham SmithCornwall councillors have given the green light to plans which they say will “transform social care” by changing dramatically the way elderly and vulnerable people...

Launceston hospital land about to go under the hammer

16th October 2017By Anne NorthA patch of land next to Launceston hospital is due to go for sale at auction later this month.NHS Property Services Ltd has listed 0.4...

Is it really possible to cut £39 million from the budget and still give the workers a pay rise? Cornwall contemplates a social care revolution

16th October 2017By Graham SmithTrade unions representing care workers have given a cautious welcome to radical new proposals for merging Cornwall Council’s and NHS social care services.Although a report...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council’s new vision of adult social care – cut the workers’ pay to save £39 million

14th October 2017By Graham SmithCornwall Council chiefs have set out their vision of adult social care for the future – aiming to cut £39 million over four years.  For...

Cornwall’s children’s services head for the door, as the complexities of integrating council with health start to hit home

13th October 2017By Rashleigh MacFarlaneCornwall’s children’s services could undergo a radical restructure if councillors approve plans drawn up by senior officers.The department, which as well as having overall responsibility...

Cornwall’s STP must be opened up to public scrutiny, say campaigners, as hospital boss says she won’t quit

5th October 2017By Julia PenhaligonThe chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, Kathy Byrne, has said she will not be resigning in the wake of today’s damning report...