Game-changing NHS investment must help people access healthcare closer to home

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas says that £450 million of Government funding for the NHS in Cornwall will prove a game-changer in ensuring that the county has healthcare facilities fit for the 21st century.

And he has pressed health ministers to prioritise  hi-tech facilities and equipment which will allow people to be treated close to home.

The commitment for Cornwall is part of a £13 billion Strategic Health Investment Programme to upgrade hospitals across the country and will include funds for the NHS in Cornwall to begin work, with local decision makers, to consider options and work up a business case.

These options could include a brand new acute hospital on a new site, upgrading existing community hospitals, the redevelopment of existing facilities at Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske. The investment is in addition to the previously announced of £135 million for new facilities and services at Treliske and another £11 million for West Cornwall and St Michael’s hospitals.

Speaking in Westminster the day after the announcement, Mr Thomas said that NHS staff were expected to deliver modern NHS services in buildings designed for a different era and pressed Health Minister Edward Argar to pay particular attention to proposals using modern technology which will enable to receive treatment and diagnosis without having to travel to Treliske.

Afterwards, Mr Thomas said: “This investment should  be game-changing if used wisely. 

“Too many of our hospitals and healthcare facilities in Cornwall are old and outdated and this investment will enable us to build new state of the art healthcare facilities, using the best technology,” said Mr Thomas. 

“I will be making the case that some of this investment is spent upgrading our existing community hospitals like the one at Helston as well as building new Health and Care Hubs, which are the modern equivalent of community hospitals and which offer a very effective way of bringing NHS services closer to home and reducing demand on Treliske.”