More reaction to Treliske Special Measures crisis – George, Double, Cornish Conservatives

More reaction to the news today that Treliske Hospital has been put on ‘special measures’ – meaning it’s failing so badly that external managers will be brought in to run things.

Former west Cornwall MP and national health campaigner, Andrew George, urged Government Ministers to acknowledge that many of the failures were the product of their own dogma driven health policies and a refusal to accept that, like many other health economies Cornwall has been seriously underfunded in recent years.


Mr George added, “Local Tory MPs seem to want it both ways. Supporting the STP and Govt policy which is causing the problems and which will inevitably result in hospital closures like that at Edward Hain, yet hypocritically attempting to portray themselves as ardent campaigners to save and enhance these services.

They voted down the one opportunity they had to secure more funding for the NHS in a Commons vote last year and have always buckled under pressure t support the STP in which the Conservative Government requires Cornwall to cur £270 million from the local NHS by 2020”

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Statement from Steve Double MP on reports released on Cornwall NHS

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“Today’s reports make shocking reading and certainly the people of Cornwall deserve better than this.”

“The NHS staff on the ground are dedicated and do their best for the patients in their care. There are many good practises highlighted in the report such as the care and compassion shown to patients. What this report shows is that this is clearly a failure of the management and systems at the hospital.”

“Now that these issues have been recognised and the hospital placed in special measures the Government will provide support and additional resources will be made available to address the underlying causes.”

“A significant failing is the delayed discharges and subsequent impact on Treliske Hospital. There is a lack of integration between the hospital and Cornwall Council’s adult care services. The Government made additional funding available to address this back in March and it is frustrating that so little progress has been made. Cornwall Council now need to step up and deliver positive change for these services.”

“I know that local people will be very concerned about this situation and I will be doing all I can to work with the local health services, NHS England and the Government to ensure things improve as soon as possible and that the people of Cornwall get the quality of health services they deserve.”.

Meanwhile the Cornish Conservative Group on Cornwall Council have also released a statement regarding the prospect of Cornwall Council taking over commissioning services, as recommended in the damning CQC report.


Deputy Group leader James Mustoe:
“The CQC reports on the Royal Cornwall Hospital and the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group are extremely troubling to read and raise real concerns regarding the quality of care patients are receiving in Cornwall.”
“This must be a line in the sand moment for the whole health and social care system in Cornwall.”
“We will work with other political group leaders of the council to consider the recommendation to bring the NHS commissioning services under the responsibility of Cornwall Council. This may ensure better public accountability of what clinical services are prioritised within the county.”
“The government continues to invest record amounts of money in the NHS and has this week announced more training places for nurses and doctors to work on the frontline.”
“The people of Cornwall deserve better than this and we will fight to ensure that patients see the right benefits of excellent clinical leadership and financial investment in care.”