Derek Thomas MP pressing the case for new healthcare facilities in West Cornwall

MP Derek Thomas has pressed Government for a new community healthcare hub with beds to be built in West Cornwall following the recent situation at Treliske when the hospital was closed to new admissions.

Addressing Health and Social Care Minister Stephen Hammond in the Commons today, Mr Thomas pointed out that the reason given for the problems at Treliske was one of ‘delayed transfers of care’.

“Ever since I was elected – and many others have joined me – we have looked at how we can provide a step down, step up facility, a community healthcare hub with beds in the St Ives constituency,” he said.

“I wonder what funding can be made available to achieve this aim.”

The Minister responded that the Government had already made £3.9 billion extra to provide healthcare facilities but that one of the benefits of the NHS Long Term Plan was that it provided a stable environment for capital investment.

“We can put the case for capital investment at the Spending Review,” he added.