Hospitals Could Close In Cornwall

A big health shake-up across Cornwall could close some hospitals. The ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ also reveals a ‘tight network’ or urgent care centres could replace minor injury units.

It predicts the Duchy’s entire health and social care system will be £140 million in the red by next year. Officials warn the budget black hole could rise to almost £280 million in five years, if they do not act now.

It is being put down to stuff like the Duchy’s ageing population and the influx of summer visitors. The plan is focussing on care closer to home.

Some of the other changes on the cards involve more services led by GPs and boosting therapy sessions to cut how much time patients spend in hospital.

Full story on Pirate FM, 23 September 2016