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Cornwall Could Get Money To Cut A&E Waits

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4:35pm 8th August 2013

It could be weeks before Cornwall finds out if it will get millions to help ease pressure on A and E.

The government says it will divide £500 million between the worst hit hospitals.

Some patients have waited more than seven hours in ambulances to get into Treliske.

Graham Webster from Health Initiative Cornwall told Pirate FM: "That's not a problem that's specific to Cornwall. We know that it's a national problem now and obviously we're suffering just like anybody else. Actions need to be taken to improve that situation as a matter of urgency. It's really important to patients that our A&E services are there for when people need them."
He reckons staff are under pressure: "They're working extremely hard to deliver for patients and I'm satisfied that high quality care is being delivered. Obviously it's a frustration for them; they're having to cope with such pressure. It's a frustration for the health campaigners because we want our health system to work for the benefit of patients."

4:35pm 8th August 2013

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