South West & Gibraltar MEP Clare Moody had a busy day of campaigning in Cornwall on Saturday. After speaking at a meeting in Falmouth she stopped in at Stronger IN’s Redruth stall and went on to speak at a public meeting in Camborne’s Centenary Church. Clare put forward the positive case for remaining in the EU and took questions from the audience on a wide range of subjects including fisheries, the Common Agricultural Policy, climate change and TTIP.
We’re delighted that member Val Dalley was last week voted in as Camborne’s new Mayor. Val is a long standing member of the Labour Party and a very active supporter in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle and is a Camborne Town Councillor for Roskear ward.
Val has always been very involved in Camborne’s community life. She helped found Trevithick Day with her husband Trevor Dalley. The couple ran a business on Camborne high street for 40 years and are well known in the town, Val is also involved in the management of Camborne Community Centre and is a governor at Rosemellin County Primary School.
Labour’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner Gareth Derrick visited Camborne on Saturday 2nd April as part of his “Judge for Yourself” tour of Devon and Cornwall that started on March 17th. He has already travelled over 2000 miles visiting many parts of the Peninsula to meet and talk with residents about their concerns over future policing.
At a street stall on Commercial Square Gareth talked with a number of people, whose concerns have been reflected in many of his visits around Cornwall. Gareth commented “There is great fear that we are walking away from visible local policing, by police officers and PCSOs. Restoring effective local policing will be a priority for me, and that includes keeping more of our stations open. But there are also more complex demands that I will need to address, including the many more instances of domestic abuse that we are becoming aware of.”
Gareth had spoken earlier to members of the public at a drop-in meeting at the Labour Shop on Trelowarren Street and he hopes to return to Camborne for a hustings with other candidates nearer the election.
A fantastic result in yesterday’s Camborne Town Council by-election; our candidate James Teixeira won a straight fight with Mebyn Kernow to take the Camborne Trelowarren seat. We’re delighted with this outcome which will see James joining our seven other Camborne Town Councillors. James is thrilled to have been elected to this post in his home town so that he can work towards the regeneration and success of the town.
Gareth Derrick, Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Devon and Cornwall, will be holding a public drop-in session at our shop on Camborne high street on Saturday 2nd April from 1-2pm. Members of the public are invited to drop in to meet Gareth and discuss police and crime issues.
Gareth lives in Ivybridge, Devon with his wife Alison. He had a 36-year career in the Royal Navy; at sea in submarines, in Devonport Dockyard, in Kuwait during its liberation and with 3 Commando Brigade on humanitarian operations in Kurdistan in 1991. Later he gained strong financial and management experience in commercial contracting for defence, before leading a large team restoring health, education and other essential services across war-torn Iraq in 2003/04. After a diplomatic role in Tokyo he returned to command the Royal Naval and Royal Marines Reserves in 2012, deploying our brave men and women to Afghanistan and worldwide, and to boost Olympic security. He believes he has the leadership experience necessary to ensure that the Police operate efficiently, with integrity and act for and with all the people they serve.
Gareth says: “I am very pleased to be Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Devon and Cornwall. Devon and Cornwall is largely rural with urban areas, and has a more complex police need than many areas, and yet the government has cut its funding repeatedly, and the Conservative PCC has himself admitted that the police force cannot manage under such measures. I will spend the coming months setting out the alternative to the people of Devon and Cornwall.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner elections take place on Thurday 5th May.
James was born and raised in Camborne and his family have lived in the town for over 30 years. He is proud to call Camborne home. He has been a keen community activist while studying law in London and is keen to put that experience to use to campaign for Camborne.
James says; ‘I left Cornwall to travel and go to University. I have returned home and I want to play my part in the success and regeneration of my home town and stand up proudly for its future’.
He would like to see the town centre vibrant and filled with quality retailers and believes Camborne needs well-paid jobs and affordable homes. He is also particularly keen on seeing increased funding for local sports clubs and fully supports Camborne Town Council’s bid to take over Camborne rugby ground.
Camborne Town and Cornwall Councillor Jude Robinson believes it’s an exciting time for Camborne Town Council and says ‘James will be invaluable in helping Camborne Town Council take on its new responsibilities of the library and open spaces. There will be other challenges ahead and James is committed to getting the best deal for his home town’.
Carn Brea Parish, Four Lanes ward: Dodie Bridges
Dodie lives just on the outskirts of Four Lanes at Wheal Buller. She moved to Cornwall years ago to take a photography degree at Falmouth Art College and loved it so much she never left.
She says, “This is such a beautiful area with the landscape of Carn Brea and around. I would like to see our trackways and heritage sites kept clean and properly maintained so it can fulfil its potential. But we also need to make sure that the infrastructure we all use every day is looked after; our buses, roads and housing. I want to be part of making that happen.“
Dodie is now a qualified accounting technician who, since starting her own new business two years ago, has specialised in helping local small businesses get the support they need without having to pay the large sums charged by some of the larger accountancy firms.
As a diabetic, Dodie spends a lot of time at Treliske where she receives ‘exceptional’ care and is she is particularly keen on NHS issues. She is deeply concerned about the closure of Cardrew Health Centre and the impact it will have on the area.
Redruth town centre was a noisy place to be on Monday morning as traffic passing through the junction of Fore Street and West End honked their horns relentlessly in support of our protest against the closure of Cardrew Health Centre. Shoppers in the town – many of whom hadn’t been aware of the closure – signed a petition objecting to the closure.
Despite a drop-in Q&A session held by NHS England on Monday afternoon for users of the Centre there are still questions to be answered. There has been no public consultation and patients registered at Cardrew found out about the closure from the press and social media. Despite reassurances that surrounding surgeries can cope with the 3000 displaced patients, many people already registered at other surgeries in Redruth and Camborne report that their surgeries are struggling to cope and don’t have enough parking spaces and there seem to be no firm plans in place to extend capacity. And although walk-in services are due to be transferred to Barncoose it seems that the audiology clinic there is closing which suggests that the walk-in services might be at the expense of other services and there are concerns as to whether it can cope with the 25,000 patients who use the walk-in service every year.
Whichever way you look at it, it seems there will be less GPs available in the area and it’s hard to see how this isn’t another cost cutting exercise fuelled by chronic underfunding of the NHS by the Conservative government.
Cardrew Health Centre is set for closure. It currently has 3,144 registered patients and its walk-in service cares for 25,000 patients every year. The contract of the private provider, Nestor Primecare, runs out in August and it seems that no attempt has been made to find another provider. Funding from Cardrew will be transferred to Barncoose. It would seem there isn’t enough funding for both, meaning that Cardrew is yet another victim of Conservative cuts.
Registered patients are being told they will have to register with other GP surgeries in the area. The project overseer, NHS’s Pam Smith, says there is plenty of capacity in local GP surgeries but people are reporting to us that the other two surgeries in Redruth are bursting at the seams and they have difficulty getting appointments there.
And it won’t just affect Redruth. People from all over Cornwall use the walk-in centre. The walk-in service is purportedly being transferred to Camborne & Redruth Community Hospital at Barncoose which currently runs an urgent care service, but a statement by NHS Kernow on Healthwatch Cornwall’s website says that they ‘will work towards offering same day appointments for minor ilinesses’. That’s not a walk-in service. And it has to be questioned whether Barncoose can cope with an extra 100 walk-in patients every day. Currently the car parks are not adequate to cope, even if funding from Cardrew is used to expand and enhance the medical facilities.
There is bound to be a knock-on effect on Treliske Hospital, which is yet again on black alert and struggling to cope and with St Day surgery also under threat and more housing being built it seems madness to be closing medical facilities – especially a well-used and well-regarded centre which provides a unique service in Cornwall.
Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group have announced today the the contract for Cornwall’s adult community health services is to be awarded to a local NHS consortium, keeping it out of the hands of profit-making corporations. It’s great news for our community hospitals and other community health services. On their website, KCCG acknowledge the ‘significant local interest’ in the awarding of the contract – an indication that the petitions and protests in towns and at hospitals across Cornwall didn’t go unnoticed.
Representatives from the Labour Party, UNITE, UNISON and healthwatch groups gathered today at Barncoose Hospital in Redruth to protest against KCCG’s proposed privatisation of Cornwall’s adult community health services. We had huge support from passing drivers who honked their horns in agreement with banners and placards asking for Barncoose and other community hospitals and services to be brought back into the NHS.
Various groups including Healthwatch Cornwall, 38 Degrees, UNITE, UNISON and the Labour Party are joining together to protest at hospitals across the county. Cornwall’s Community Health Services are under immediate threat of sell-off to a profit-driven private business. On December 8th the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, an organisation run by local GPs, will decide whether or not our Community Hospitals, Community Nurses and other important services such as physiotherapy and emergency dentists will be handed over to a corporation like Serco or Virgin.
A few years ago, these services and their 3,000 staff were taken out of the NHS and converted into a Community Interest Company. As was widely predicted, this scheme has proved to be unviable and a return to the NHS was expected to take place in 2016. Instead, they are now faced with the possibility of being handed over to a greedy corporation, rather than being reunited with the NHS family. After the disastrous performance of Mitie in our main hospitals, it seems incredible that some local doctors are prepared to take such a risk.