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EXCLUSIVE: The worldwide web of private consultants with secret plans to re-draw the map of Cornwall’s National Health Service

EXCLUSIVE: The worldwide web of private consultants with secret plans to re-draw the map of Cornwall’s National Health Service

20th August 2018 By Graham Smith Health chiefs have hired more private sector consultants to help them close down and sell some of Cornwall’s community hospitals, Cornwall Reports can reveal. With formal consultation yet to start about the future of hospitals at Saltash, Fowey and St Ives, newly released Freedom of Information answers have confirmed that the struggling Capita group is behind the secret plan to transform Cornwall’s health estate. The plan is called the NHS Kernow CCG Local Estates Strategy and…

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NHS bosses deny any plans to close Cornwall’s hospitals, as hospitals close all over Cornwall

NHS bosses deny any plans to close Cornwall’s hospitals, as hospitals close all over Cornwall

5th June 2018 By Graham Smith NHS chiefs have again denied they have any “formal” plans to close Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units (MIUs), after receiving a 2,700-name petition at a meeting of their governing body today (Tuesday.) The petition, organised by the St Austell and Newquay Labour Party, expressed alarm at proposals first outlined in the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan to close nearly a dozen MIUs, and replace them with only four Urgent Treatment Centres. Most of the MIUs…

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Leeds High Court Judicial Review could revive Cornwall Council’s “Kennally Care” NHS project

Leeds High Court Judicial Review could revive Cornwall Council’s “Kennally Care” NHS project

24th April 2018 By Graham Smith A landmark legal action is due to start today (Tuesday) to consider if the National Health Service can surrender large parts of its budget to other organisations. The case has major implications for the way health and council chiefs in Cornwall hope to restructure services, and has the potential to re-launch the currently stalled “Kennally Care” project at County Hall. A Judicial Review is scheduled to start at Leeds High Court this morning.  Health…

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“COME CLEAN ON FUTURE OF NORTH CORNWALL’S COMMUNITY HEALTH FACILITIES”, LABOUR TELLS NHS KERNOW

“COME CLEAN ON FUTURE OF NORTH CORNWALL’S COMMUNITY HEALTH FACILITIES”, LABOUR TELLS NHS KERNOW

North Cornwall Labour Party supporters are calling on NHS Kernow to disclose more details about how it is planning to close Minor Injury Units (MIUs.) There are three MIUs in North Cornwall – Bude, Launceston and Bodmin – and all are under threat. Confidential NHS minutes (SOF1) obtained using Freedom of Information laws, reveal that health officials are considering how patients in East Cornwall could be forced to travel to Devon for minor injury treatment.  Minor injuries are defined as…

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Cornwall Council cabinet votes 7-1, with one abstention, to launch Kennally Care (but not yet)

Cornwall Council cabinet votes 7-1, with one abstention, to launch Kennally Care (but not yet)

28th March 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s cabinet today (Wednesday) voted 7-1, with one abstention, to proceed with plans for integrating health and social care.  The decision starts a process which could eventually lead to a single new structure, which has become known as Kennally Care, with the council’s chief executive Kate Kennally in overall charge. The cabinet portfolio holder for health, councillor Rob Rotchell, successfully steered through recommendations which he said were not for an Accountable Care Organisation…

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Crunch debate will expose divisions over Kennally Care, now postponed until September at the earliest

Crunch debate will expose divisions over Kennally Care, now postponed until September at the earliest

28th March 2018 By Graham Smith The controversy over Cornwall Council’s ambition to take over the health service will be exposed today (Wednesday) during a public debate over the speed at which “Kennally Care” is to be introduced. Splits within the council’s cabinet have hampered the original intention to launch an Accountable Care Organisation, with a combined budget, on 1st April.  In December 2016 the council said it wanted to move “at pace” to set up an ACO. Instead, senior council…

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The secret jigsaw: how the NHS is Shaping Our Future into a Cornwall of winners and losers, depending on the “Property Asset Scorecard”

The secret jigsaw: how the NHS is Shaping Our Future into a Cornwall of winners and losers, depending on the “Property Asset Scorecard”

23rd March 2018 By Graham Smith The redesign of Cornwall’s health service is set to transfer treatment of existing minor injury units to 25 “enhanced” GP surgeries – posing questions about the viability of community hospitals which currently house that service. The shake-up will create a Cornwall of “winners” and “losers” as some communities acquire new facilities at the expense of others.  Talks take place monthly, in secret, and local health campaigners have little or no opportunity to lobby or…

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Kennally Care: it will be “mobilised” rather than “launched”…

Kennally Care: it will be “mobilised” rather than “launched”…

… with budgets which are “aligned” rather than “pooled.” Here’s a translation 21st March 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s plans to take over the National Health Service remain in place, although somewhat slowed, following the publication of a report to be considered by the authority’s 10-member cabinet next week.  Instead of launching a new organisation on 1st April, the council now wants to “start a mobilisation phase” which could still result in all strategic health commissioning decisions moving to County…

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Cornwall’s “informal” Kennally Care and the quest for a new, user-friendly form of words to describe an Option 7 future for the NHS

Cornwall’s “informal” Kennally Care and the quest for a new, user-friendly form of words to describe an Option 7 future for the NHS

16th March 2018 By Graham Smith The prospect of Cornwall Council taking over the National Health Service will be re-evaluated next week once County Hall officials have settled on a form of words designed to unite the authority’s 10-member cabinet.  Those officials are now turning for help to a small, private company which only a few people have ever heard of. All the signs are that behind the scenes, the council is now designing an “informal” Accountable Care System intended…

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Kate’s in charge, as taxpayers foot the bill for six at four-day event in the south of France

Kate’s in charge, as taxpayers foot the bill for six at four-day event in the south of France

13th March 2018 By Graham Smith No fewer than six representatives from Cornwall’s public sector have gone to the South of France for a four-day property conference which the property industry itself now regards as an embarrassment, due to its reputation for alcohol and sex. The cost to the Cornwall council taxpayer is likely to be tens of thousands of pounds.  The delegation is being led by Cornwall Council’s chief executive, Kate Kennally.  Her presence is required to speak on Thursday…

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