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7:01am 14th May 2014

A threatened Cornish cottage hospital will close.

Officials admit they are not sure when Poltair will be shut or how services will be delivered afterwards.

But they say the building near Penzance is too old fashioned.

Beds have been shut since October 2012 and there has been an extended consultation over its future.

But campaigners say the outcome was never in doubt.

MP Andrew George said: "This is a backward step. I fear this decision could place our most vulnerable and frail in an 'out of sight out of mind' environment.

"I acknowledge that Poltair's days were numbered.  It's difficult to justify keeping that facility as it is.

"But we should be ambitious to improve and expand in-patient beds and services.  Our population is increasing. The needs of the elderly are accelerating, not decreasing. Shutting core and valued services in the hope private care homes will pick up the pieces is a plan based on hope and uncertainty.

"If the building is too expensive then let's get a new and better building. You can judge the strength of a community by the way it treats the weakest and most needy. I hope that our local health commissioners will think again about what they will replace Poltair with."

Wendy's parents have both been treated at the hospital. She said: "We already know the hospitals accuse the elderly of blocking beds but, if Poltair goes, there's going to be nowhere for them to go. It's really important it should stay open."

7:01am 14th May 2014

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