MP raises closure of hospital in House
THE FUTURE of Fowey Hospital has been brought to the attention of Parliament as the MP for St Austell calls for the NHS to reopen it to take the pressure off Treliske.
Steve Double raised his concerns about the continued closure of Fowey Community Hospital in the House of Commons on Thursday.
Speaking in the Chamber during Leader of the House Questions, Mr Double said: “Fowey Community Hospital in my constituency has been closed since last summer.
“This is despite the fact that the Royal Cornwall Hospital has been on black alert more often than not during that time.
“Yesterday I received a letter from the senior emergency consultant in Cornwall who said it is therefore inexplicable and unjustifiable that we continue to have closed community hospital beds while patients queue in corridors and emergency departments.
“Could the Leader of the House arrange a statement from the Health Secretary on the important role community hospitals play, particularly in rural places like Cornwall?”
Earlier this month Mr Double joined the fight to see the hospital reopened and stop its permanent closure.
This came after the Voice revealed how one of the county’s leading doctors, senior consultant Andy Virr and the owner of the Treffry Estate, Jonathan Treffry, had raised their concerns abut the effect of the closure of the hospital which shut its doors temporarily last year after an internal review by the Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust (CPFT) which condemned the facilities.
The CPFT took over control of the services at the hospital in April last year when bed capacity was reduced from 10 to six after a building conditions survey highlighted limitations on the safe service the facility was able to offer.
In mid-July the hospital was temporarily closed after a Cornwall Council food hygiene and safety inspection demanded urgent work be carried out by the landlord.
Mr Double said the future of the hospital was “incredibly important” not only to Fowey but the surrounding area.
Speaking following the debate, he said: “I will continue to do all I can to raise awareness of its closure and continue to put pressure on the local NHS to reopen it, which I am sure will take pressure off Treliske as well re-opening an important community facility.”