NHS Public Meeting sparks widespread interest

Posted on: 16th February 2015

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The NHS public meeting called by local MP, Andrew George, to take place on Friday 20th February 2015, at 7pm, in the lecture theatre of Penwith College, Penzance has sparked widespread interest and is set to be an animated debate.

People from across Cornwall, including many NHS staff, have got in touch with Mr George to suggest topics for the meeting including contentious issues and campaigns about staff pay and conditions; the role of private companies in the NHS; the financial challenges of NHS bodies and Trusts; the fate of community hospitals including Poltair; and the shortage of acute ward community hospital beds and facilities.

The meeting will be hosted by Andrew George MP and the panel will include Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing; Chair of the NHS Kernow, Dr Colin Philip; Dr Neil Walden, NHS Kernow Locality Lead for the West; and Dr Matthew Boulter, Penwith Living Well.

Mr George said “Many constituents and NHS staff have contacted me with concerns they wish to discuss at the public meeting on 20th February, including the future of community hospitals such as Poltair; Mitie’s contract for hotel services at RCHT; future funding of the NHS in Cornwall; the pay and conditions for NHS staff; and the need to put patients before profit in an NHS more open to markets pressures.  It is set to be an interesting evening.”