The draft Integrated Care Strategy for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly was published at the beginning of March 2023. It is an incomplete piece of work.
The outpatient new build, much talked about last year, has been put on hold and many wonder if it will ever happen.
A recent analysis by The Guardian of official data claimed to show that on average 13,600 beds across NHS England are occupied every day by patients who doctors say are medically fit for discharge to their home or a care home . Read the Guardian article and our comments.
The number of patients seeking private treatment continues to rise, as dissatisfaction with the service provided by the NHS also rises.
Discussions in Cornwall about earwax removal continue, sadly with no end in sight. NHS Kernow has decided to defer a decision
While we learn to live with Covid, the government is pushing through massive changes to the NHS. Is this time to introduce top down changes to the organisational structure of the NHS?.
As we approach the season of ‘peace and goodwill to all’, West Cornwall HealthWatch members are painfully aware of the situations in which so many of our residents currently find themselves, which brings neither peace nor goodwill to them:
There’s an interesting controversy going on in Cornwall. NHS Kernow, the clinical commissioning group, says we have too many hospital beds, while the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which runs Treliske and the other acute hospitals in the county, says more are needed. They can’t both be right. But they can both be wrong!
The go-ahead has been given for setting up an ‘integrated care system’ for Cornwall. We wait and see how things will develop and take a look at recent history.