MP’s Column

Once again I witnessed the effort of many people in support of our community over the weekend. A large donation was given in support of cancer care in Cornwall. Money that was raised by the team of volunteers at the Marazion Cancer Shop (who are always in need of donations of stock of every description). This took place at the Godolphin Arms Hotel, which was also supporting the RNLI swim around St Michael’s Mount. On Saturday several hundred cream teas were served at Trengwainton Tea Room, raising money for cancer research and again served by large numbers of volunteers. 
I then joined our farmers at the ploughing match organised by Helston and St Keverne Young Farmers. They organised a great event for people from across West Cornwall. 
Whilst ploughing matches are about who ploughs the best furrow they also allow the farming community to gather to support each other and champion their industry.
 
The final event I had the privilege to attend was the opening of the play park area in St Keverne. Families have worked tirelessly to restore this park and, with the support of the parish council and, in particular Grace Hatton, have delivered a lovely outdoor recreation area. Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s winter health fairs, also thanks to Helston Central Methodist Church and Pengarth Day Centre for hosting these events for me and to the many voluntary groups which attended to give advice to help keep people well and warm over the winter. The above are just a few examples of great community events taking place in this fantastic part of Cornwall.
 
The NHS has outlined an approach to ensure that health and care services are built around the needs of local populations. Every health and care system in England (for us the Kernow Clinical Commission Group with NHS providers and Cornwall Council) will produce a Sustainability and Transformation Plan, showing how local services will become sustainable over the next five years – delivering the vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency. I believe this provides the best opportunity to meaningfully integrate health and social care, reduce the pressure on acute services and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.