The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock has met with the new Leadership of Cornwall Council ahead of today’s first Full Council meeting to discuss adult health and social care priorities.
The Conservative Group on Cornwall Council made the social care system in Cornwall a priority of their recent election campaign, and the Secretary of State was keen to meet with Conservative Group Leader and Leader-elect of Cornwall Council Cllr Linda Taylor and Cabinet Member responsible for Adults Cllr Andy Virr, along with other Council and NHS leaders to discuss how Cornwall can be at the forefront of changes to bring health and social care closer together.
Cllr Linda Taylor said:
“The Conservative Group is serious about resolving issues that have long been a problem around Cornwall’s social care system. Cornwall Council is a major partner in making sure our hospitals are able to operate well without bed-blocking and that is why we have made social care a priority.”
“With the Conservatives winning a majority at the recent local elections and becoming the first single political party to have overall control of Cornwall Council since its creation, I am pleased to have already got to work, on the eve of my election as Leader of Cornwall Council, and met with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to discuss how we can work together to improve the experience for care users and care workers in Cornwall.”
Cllr Andy Virr said:
“It was really good to sit down with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care so soon after the elections to discuss our plans for Cornwall. The discussions focussed on how the local NHS, Cornwall Council and Central Government can radically improve the joined-up nature of services to ensure better health outcomes for patients and residents alike.”
“There was much anticipation of how the newly formed Conservative Administration at Cornwall Council can work in a more positive relationship with the Conservative Government in Westminster to the benefit of Cornish residents. I look forward to driving these positive changes forward from Cornwall Council, working with our six Conservative Cornish MPs and our Conservative Government to make this happen.”