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Cornwall health bosses fears over NHS funding

Cornwall health bosses fears over NHS funding

Published by Helen Down at 8:39am 3rd June 2020. (Updated at 8:45am 3rd June 2020)

The head of health and care in Cornwall has warned that the NHS spending whatever is needed to tackle the coronavirus “won’t continue” for the recovery period.

Health professionals have asked whether there is going to be additional funding in place to cope with the backlog in treatment and care which will be needed as Cornwall recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

With health services beginning to be resumed members of the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) governing body said they were concerned about the resources needed to cope with a backlog and the additional numbers which could be in Cornwall if tourism businesses reopen.

Coronavirus graphic

"If we have tourists coming down in July and August, we will have a backlog of patients that we will need to see and then have a load of extra people in the tourists.

"That is all going to cost money – there is going to be a cost implication in all of this. Are we getting grants from government to deal with that? I do worry about it.

Dr Francis Old

Dr Old also told an NHS Kernow meeting on Tuesday June 2nd that he was also concerned about the cost of putting measures in place in GP surgeries to ensure that patients can be seen safely.

"In terms of money it is incumbent for us to say that we have a very clear message that there is not a lot of money.

"Clearly the NHS has spent and has given us the ability to spend money on responding to the pandemic. The message coming through now is that won’t continue.

"With my local authority hat on the local authority is getting very similar messages about expectations for local authorities to spend in areas where they had been previously encouraged.

"There is less money to support our recovery then we might have hoped."

Helen Charlesworth-May, joint chief officer for health, care and well-being

By: Richard Whitehouse

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