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Hospital Closure "Inevitable"

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7:01am 1st August 2013

There is a warning the permanent closure of Penzance's community hospital is "inevitable".

That is according to the local MP after ten beds at Poltair were shut last October.

A consultation with locals over its future will not finish until the end of the year.

Andrew George said: "There is an air of inevitability about this. Certainly when NHS Kernow produced their review earlier this year about the future of community hospital beds in the area, none of them involved keeping the inpatient beds open.

"There is an issue of familiarity, particularly among older, local people. They know the hospital, they know the staff. Because of that familiarity they feel more at home with that facility."

Poltair's inpatient beds were shut "temporarily" last year but will not now reopen, if at all, until 2014.

The consultation will not begin until September.

The company which runs the hospital, Peninsula Community Health, said: "PCH remains committed to supporting the outcome of the consultation in delivering the most effective and appropriate patient care to the community in West Cornwall."

7:01am 1st August 2013

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