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More than One in Ten Cornish Cottage Hospital Beds Shut
8:33am 12th November 2012
(Updated 8:33am 12th November 2012)
Pirate FM can reveal more than forty hospital beds in Cornwall are closed mostly because there are not enough staff to cover them.
In fact one in ten at cottage hospitals are off limits right now, including all of Poltair's in Penzance and more than a third in Launceston.
The figures are being discussed by Cornwall Council's Health Scrutiny Committee later, along with Treliske's controversial plans to bring in regional pay for staff.
Other community hospitals with bed closures include Falmouth, where six out of twenty-five are closed and Liskeard where seven out of fifty-two are not open.
Kevin Baber is Chief Executive of Peninsula Community Health, the company formed to run them. He said: "Only this week we've had an extra sixteen staff join us. At the moment we've got about forty staff whose jobs are out to advert or we are organising interviews.
"With some of the recruitment we have managed to achieve, particularly in the east of the county, I'm hopeful we'll be able to open further beds in Launceston and a substantial number of further beds in Stratton to improve the position."
Eleven out of seventeen beds in Stratton are currently closed but this is down from all seventeen during the sixteen month refurbishment of the site.8:33am 12th November 2012
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