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300 care home beds lost in a year in Cornwall

300 care home beds lost in a year in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 10:00am 20th September 2019. (Updated at 10:07am 20th September 2019)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

A Cornwall Council Cabinet member compared the crisis of care homes failing and closing with a Hollywood movie.

Andrew Mitchell, Cabinet member for housing, mentioned 1996 blockbuster Broken Arrow in a debate about care homes at County Hall yesterday.

The Cabinet was discussing plans to develop a policy which would allow the council to intervene when care homes are failing to take them over if necessary.

Plans to create the policy were put forward after a number of care home closures and failures led to almost 300 care home beds being lost in Cornwall in 2018.

"I am saddended that we are even having to discuss this and the action to take. 

"It reminds me of the film Broken Arrow about a nuclear bomb and what happens when it goes wrong.

"That shouldn't be able to happen and we have got a policy in place to sort it out when it does".

Councillor Andrew Mitchell

However it would seem that Cllr Mitchell’s recollection of the John Woo-directed blockbuster is slightly askew.

Broken Arrow is a term used to describe a nuclear device that has been lost. 

In the movie, the plot revolves around the theft of American nuclear missiles by a rogue pilot (John Travolta) working for terrorists who is then pursued by his co-pilot (Christian Slater) and a park ranger (Samantha Mathis) who try and recover the weapons.

The movie was a commercial success taking $150m at the box office.

But whether it is a good comparison to the current care home crisis is debatable.

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