MP’s Column

The Hands across the Harbour: Save the Edward Hain Community Hospital event on Saturday is an important opportunity to make it clear once again that our community does not accept the protracted delay of the reopening of community beds at the hospital. The beds have been closed by the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (commissioned to provide the community services on the site) and there is little appetite by NHS Managers across Cornwall and within NHS Property Services to reopen the beds until there is clarity about what health and social care services should look like across Cornwall.

It is clear to most people, including leading West Cornwall GPs, that the relatively small amount of money (in NHS terms) needed to reopen the hospital would be money well spent given the pressure on both health and care services across Cornwall. There is a need to integrate services and by doing so we would both improve patient care and achieve better value for money. However, keeping the beds at Edward Hain closed until people can agree what this integration should look like is not acceptable. To this end Cllr Richard Robinson and I have set up a new working group to try to unlock the impasse with the intention of securing the very best community care possible for people in and around St Ives and West Penwith. This follows a recent council scrutiny committee meeting and meetings with NHS Property Services, CPFT and the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group.

Due to the harbour event on Saturday, I have cancelled the Godolphin Arms in Marazion ‘drop-in’ event (the Badger Inn ‘drop-in’ event in Lelant now starts at 12.30pm). As part of this ‘drop-in’ series I returned to Coverack to see how the community is doing following the storm on July 18th. There are a series of unresolved issues that people raised and through my office I shall continue to press for a resolution for all those still affected by the freak flash flood. You have until Friday 20th October to vote for Sennen Churchtown Hall at mandsenergyfund.com to support the Renewable Energy Project – ‘SOLAR PANELS for our new roof’! Currently the Churchtown Hall is in third place so every vote counts!