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4:17pm 7th October 2013

There are claims that nearly a fifth of beds have been closed in Cornwall's community hospitals in five years.

According to campaigners, 66 have shut from Bodmin to Penzance.

Health Initiative Cornwall is warning that it is putting extra pressure on Treliske.

Vice-Chair Graham Webster said: "A lot of those beds have been taken out for good reasons - they've been used to improve bathrooms or toilets or the mixed-sex accommodation issue and everything; nobody's going to knock at that. However, all of those changes been done at an expense and the expense is - the loss of close to seventy beds.

Peninsula Community Health insists the figure is lower and says the money is going on other services.

Dr Dan Rainbow works at Edward Hain hospital in St Ives: "Hopefully we can free up the money that would be tied up in keeping those beds open to deliver the services in different ways and often, in ways which patients appreciate more than being sent into a hospital bed."

4:17pm 7th October 2013

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