Cornwall’s health bosses say Saltash is closer than you think (wherever you are) as they seek to justify hospital closures

Cornwall’s health bosses say Saltash is closer than you think (wherever you are) as they seek to justify hospital closures

From Cornwall Reports https://cornwallreports.co.uk/
31st May 2019

By Graham Smith

Health chiefs have started to publish their case for closing some of Cornwall’s community hospitals – including claims that Saltash is much closer to other facilities than is actually the case.

One of the slides used to justify the closure of St Barnabas hospital, and its Minor Injury Unit, says that for emergency treatment, the distance to Bodmin is only 12 miles. It is in fact 25 miles. The same slide says that Saltash is only 25 miles from Truro. It is in fact 49 miles.

The slide says the nearest hospital with in-patient facilities and a Minor Injury Unit is St Austell, which it claims is eight miles away. In fact, the distance between Saltash and St Austell is 32 miles.

The Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group has now opened a new website to promote its case for closing hospitals at Saltash, Fowey and St Ives.

KCG says these hospitals are no longer necessary as it develops “plans to create sustainable, joined-up, community-based care in or near people’s homes.”

Cornwall Reports has asked KCG to explain the geography it has used to assess distances.

grahamsmith@cornwallreports.co.uk

 

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