Posted by Fred Richens,

22nd January


For those following the NHS Cornwall posts,
I have submitted a question to the Health and Wellbeing Board of Cornwall Council. This question, which is written below, has also been sent to Scott Mann and to the councillors for Bude, Grenville & Stratton and Poundstock. This is a deliberately parochial question which is intended to embarrass the local political post holders. Special pleading already seems to have worked elsewhere and I hope to dilute the cuts process even further.
Fred Richens

Question:(note that UTC means Urgent Treatment Centre, ACO means Accountable Care Organisation)
“The details revealed on page 58 of the agenda pack indicate that the nearest UTC to Bude will be about a fifty minutes drive away, and well over one hour from Morwenstow. I have researched the published plans for the Devon ACO, in the hope of finding somewhere closer to Bude for those seeking urgent care. As far as I can see there will be no such provision.
My question is, have the proposals for Cornwall been considered together with those for Devon? Did the planners realise that the extremes of North Cornwall will have no access to urgent care from Devon and hence will be more isolated in this respect than most of the rest of England?”

I intend to be at the meeting this Thursday to listen to the questions put and, if I can get up early enough (It’s a 90 minute drive from Bude!) to join the demo outside, organised by members of Camborne, Redruth and Hayle CLP, which begins at 8.00am. If anyone else can join us then, or at a further demo on Wednesday 31st January at 8.30am, that would be marvellous!

Below are examples of some campaign materials, and a very interesting talk from Allyson Pollock, Director of the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University.

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