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The Government must learn lessons from pandemic failure

Posted on: 17th December 2020

Many thanks to our expert panelists at last evening’s Covid “Lessons learned” Webinar. We can see why Conservative Ministers have been so keen to avoid even a quick Public Inquiry so that we can learn important lessons to improve on the UK’s shockingly poor handling of the pandemic and the tens of thousands of avoidable […]

Covid – Government saved by the vaccine?

Posted on: 8th December 2020

What lessons can we learn from the handling of the pandemic in the UK? Has this been a case of NHS and other front-line worker Lions led by donkeys? Or has the UK fared well in difficult circumstances? I’ve assembled an excellent panel of expert speakers at a free webinar to take place next Wednesday 16th […]

Edward Hain Hospital Closure? – not taking this lying down!

Posted on: 24th August 2020

“So Edward Hain Hospital will close permanently. We won’t take this lying down. We must fight back.” Andrew George successfully led the parliamentary campaign against the closure of Edward Hain Hospital in 1997. He is prepared to help lead the fight back against the loss of the Hospital now. A decision to make permanent the ‘temporary’ […]

Crisis shows the true value of key workers and the strength of our communities

Posted on: 29th April 2020

Tomorrow evening we stand out again to applaud our frontline workers. Those people who literally put their lives on the line to save the lives of others and to keep us all going – not just NHS professionals, but care workers, refuse collectors, grocery retail workers, transport workers, delivery services and many, many more. It’s […]

Perhaps our NHS will now get the backing it deserves

Posted on: 16th April 2020

Of course I was relieved to hear news about the Prime Minister this week and pleased he is turning the corner and is now recovering from the deadly Coronavirus; just as I am for the many thousands of others who our NHS has saved from a much worse outcome. He says “it could have gone […]

Amongst the dark clouds …are a few silver linings

Posted on: 1st April 2020

We should of course look for silver linings in the dark cloud of this emergency. It has brought out the very best as well as the not-so-good in people. But the best seems to be winning. And we’re winning other benefits too: Less carbon emitted to our atmosphere which is great for combatting climate change. […]

Conservatives’ NHS record on “Black Alert”

Posted on: 11th January 2020

The on-going crisis at our Treliske’s Emergency Department – A&E – exposes the results of four years of Conservative underfunding and mismanagement of our NHS. Again it’s twice been on Black Alert (or Opal level 4) this week alone. I don’t need to explain to people who live at the far end of a long […]

A “Golden Age”?!

Posted on: 19th December 2019

This Government wants to pass legislation to make sure it does what it says it will do. Evidently it doesn’t have much confidence in its own trustworthiness… But that’s what this Government has promised; to pass legislation to make sure it delivers money which it promised the NHS. Less than the NHS needs, but nevertheless […]

Cornwall should welcome NHS announcement – even if it’s from Johnson’s magic money-lending tree!

Posted on: 5th August 2019

Today’s hospital funding announcement confirms imminent General Election The Johnson Government is making an extra £850 million available for future capital spending on NHS hospitals. This includes nearly £100 million for the long awaited and long promised rebuilding of the seriously deficient Princess Alexandra Maternity wing at Treliske, Truro. Facilities in the wing have become […]

Migrant nurse surcharge hike – ‘morally bankrupt’, says RCN

Posted on: 31st December 2018

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that the fee for using NHS for nurses from outside the European Economic Area will double to £400 from tomorrow (Jan 2019). This will discourage nurse recruitment at exactly the time the NHS needs them most. RCN acting general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair: ‘These fees can tear […]