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10:33am 19th February 2013

It has been claimed Cornwall is facing a hospital bed crisis.

St Ives MP Andrew George says dozens of patients are stuck at Treliske, because there is nowhere for them to go.

It is because Poltair hospital is shut until April as bosses can not find enough staff to run wards.

Mr George said that bed shortages were putting an intolerable pressure on both the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and on community health and social services.

He said: "The situation is intolerable. It cannot wait for the long running community services review which won’t be reporting for at least another 8 weeks. The Primary Care Trust says that Peninsula Community Health – the company which runs the community hospitals – is meeting its contract, therefore the PCT is not concerned about the Poltair closure. If that’s the case then the contract should be looked at again.

"I had supported keeping community hospitals and community health services in the NHS, by bringing them all under the umbrella of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust rather than creating a new private company to run them. That would have helped RCHT discharge patients from their acute hospitals without having to get managers and accountants to sort out who was paying for what every time a patient is moved.

"We need a more integrated NHS now more than ever. But that is not what we’re going to get. Rather than having a single pot of NHS money being divvied up into artificially separate organisations with artificially separate business accounts and with fortress walls between them and therefore a seeming inability to cooperate, it’s time for organisations in Cornwall to come back together, to break down the barriers that divide them and to provide an integrated healthcare system which makes sure that there are enough hospital beds to go around."

10:33am 19th February 2013

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