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Cornwall councillors still in the dark about “Kennally Care” and plans for NHS takeover

15th December 2017 By Graham Smith The first of the “Inquiry Panel” hearings to look into Cornwall Council’s plans to take over the NHS is due to meet at...

Bodmin’s Dragon slain

14th December 2017 By Peter Tremayne Bodmin’s Dragon Leisure Centre is to be re-branded.  Following the award of its management contract to Better, the centre is to lose its...

Wadebridge will get a vote on town’s future as town councillors ratify local plan

14th December 2017 By Graham Smith People in Wadebridge will get the chance to vote on the future development of their town, in a referendum to be held late...

“Accountable” Care comes out of the shadows and dances on the lawns of County Hall, as health chiefs prepare for shotgun wedding

14th December 2017 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s NHS “charm offensive” in the battle for hearts and minds over who should run healthcare finally clicked into gear yesterday (Wednesday)...

Cornwall’s Lib Dems challenged over cut to Citizens’ Advice, as council launches “take-it-or-leave-it” online survey

13th December 2017 By Anne North Councillors have called for a proposed cut of 53% to the Citizens’ Advice budget to be scrapped and the full £356,000 grant re-instated....

Cornwall’s DIY health service: where is the Risk Assessment?

13th December 2017 By Graham Smith Cornwall Reports has filed an official Freedom of Information request in order to access Cornwall Council’s own initial assessment of the risks and...

Labour selects Jayne Kirkham as candidate for council by-election

13th December 2017 By Peter Tremayne The Labour Party has selected Jayne Kirham as its candidate for the forthcoming Cornwall Council by-election in Falmouth.  The by-election, in the Falmouth...

Cornwall Council blames central government for £400,000 cut to health visitors and school nursing

12th December 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has blamed central government for the £400,000 cut to health visitors, equivalent to a 4% reduction in the service’s annual budget....

Cornwall Council taking over the NHS? It’s more of a partnership, says the Doctor leading the revolution

12th December 2017 By Graham Smith Details of Cornwall Council’s plans to take over the National Health Service are to be discussed for the first time in public next...

Citizens Advice launches petition in bid to stave off council’s 53% cut

12th December 2017 By Anne North An online petition has been launched to stop Cornwall Council cutting its grant to Citizens Advice by more than half. The charity says...

Cornwall Council cuts £400,000 from health visitors – and triggers a new rift with ACO partners even before the NHS takeover has started

12th December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has slashed £400,000 from its health promotion budget, in a move which has shocked one of the organisation’s key NHS partners...

South West Euro MP in legal challenge to David Davis over Brexit

11th December 2017 By Peter Tremayne South West Euro MP Molly Scott Cato has started legal action against the government over Brexit. The Green Party MEP is seeking a...

NHS Kernow chiefs cave in as Cornwall’s Telehealth service is saved

11th December 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane NHS Kernow has caved to public pressure and performed a spectacular U-Turn on plans to close its Telehealth system. The Clinical Commissioning Group...

A crucial week for Wadebridge

11th December 2017 By Anne North It is a key week for the future development of Wadebridge, with the town council due to consider the local Neighbourhood Plan on...

Government to offer Cornwall “debt write-off” worth millions if council agrees to NHS takeover

10th December 2017 By Graham Smith Councillors are preparing to launch a “charm offensive” in a bid to win the battle for hearts and minds over the future of...

Professor Stephen Hawking joins the campaign to stop Cornwall Council’s takeover of NHS

8th December 2017 By Graham Smith Campaigners hoping to halt Cornwall Council’s plans to set up an Accountable Care Organisation have been boosted by news that physicist Professor Stephen...

BBC to pay Western Morning News in bid to rescue coverage of Cornwall Council

8th December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon The BBC is to pay the Western Morning News to hire more reporters, in a bid to shore up the newspaper’s ailing coverage...

A tale of two leaders: one said yes, the other said maybe, when asked if councillors would be allowed to vote on plans to take over the NHS

8th December 2017 By Graham Smith Cornwall council leader Adam Paynter is coming under pressure to repeat the promise of his predecessor and allow all 123 members of the...

Corbyn calls for Parliamentary debate before Cornwall Council takes over NHS – as council leader dodges questions about whether councillors will get a vote

8th December 2017 By Graham Smith Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has added his voice to calls for a delay to Cornwall Council’s ambition to take over the National Health...

How the fines imposed on fiddling bankers are coming back to help West Cornwall

7th December 2017 By Peter Tremayne A £300,000 charity grant, which stems from the way banks fiddled interest rates for more than 20 years, has been awarded to the...