£9m funding boost will benefit West Cornwall's patients and NHS staff

MP Derek Thomas says the announcement of £9.1 million of Government funding to improve West Cornwall health facilities will provide a massive boost.

The funding, announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, will be spent on creating  modernised and ‘fit for purpose’ health facilities in West Cornwall, including improvements at West Cornwall Hospital’s outpatients’ department.

“The Health Secretary’s announcement is very welcome and will provide further reassurance for anyone concerned about the future of West Cornwall hospital,” said Mr Thomas.

“This new money, part of a £1 billion of extra capital funding, comes on top of recent moves to install a new CT scanner, a new fire safety system and two X-ray rooms at the hospital.

“I have always recognised the value in having services brought closer to the patient and this announcement ensures that people will not have to travel further than they need.

“Funding like this helps to support the excellent work being done at a local level to bring health and social care services closer together, such as, for example, the recent announcement of two new care co-ordinators for Penwith along with a specialist in social prescribing.”

In addition to the £9.1 million funding announcement for West Cornwall, the Health Secretary has also agreed an extra £31.326 million of funding for Treliske to be spent on a scheme to improve the oncology/haematology ward and the MRI department.

Mr Thomas believes that the persistent lobbying that has taken place to argue the case for more investment in the county’s health and social care services is paying dividends.

“A lot of people have been involved in working to secure these funds and this money will improve the way NHS services are delivered for patients and also upgrade the working environment for NHS staff,” he added.

“There is no doubt in my mind that if we want NHS services to come closer together, money must be available up front.

“This funding recognises the commitment of NHS managers and staff across Cornwall and marks a step closer to securing the kind of funds for the NHS which Cornish MPs have worked tirelessly to achieve.”