Cornwall health trust merger could 'revolutionise' care

Lezli Boswell Lezli Boswell said the merger would be a "once-in-a-generation opportunity"

Related Stories

Healthcare services in Cornwall should be merged to "revolutionise" care, the chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has said.

Lezli Boswell has written to staff saying the existing arrangement between the trust and two health bodies was not the best way to provide healthcare.

She said the trusts would be "better together".

Simon Rix, of Cornwall Council's health and adult care committee, said a merger was the "right thing to do".

Currently the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is responsible for emergency and serious medical care.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has responsibility for adult mental health care and Peninsula Community Health is responsible for Cornwall's "cottage" hospitals.

Royal Cornwall Hospital Earlier this month Ms Boswell said the trust was facing "significant financial challenges"

In her letter to staff, Ms Boswell, said: "You may be aware that Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Peninsula Community Health are currently exploring a merger and I am keen that Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is part of that discussion.

"It also makes sense financially and many of you hopefully realise that the way services are currently configured is not sustainable and in truth not the best way to provide healthcare."

Earlier this month Ms Boswell said the trust was facing "significant financial challenges".

She said one integrated NHS provider would "mean significant changes for all of us individually and collectively" and could mean the trust agreeing not to pursue NHS Foundation Trust status.

She described a merger as a "once-in-a-generation opportunity to revolutionise healthcare for the local community".

Mr Rix said: "It wouldn't be fair on patients to keep the current outdated structure we have in Cornwall.

"We do need to reduce the layers of bureaucracy and focus more on the frontline care."

John Evers of Healthwatch Cornwall said: "I am personally delighted that there is a possibility that integration may soon occur between the major health providers in Cornwall."

The group said it had contacted the trust for more information.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Cornwall



10 °C 8 °C


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Woman standingMysterious miracle

    It's extremely unusual and shouldn't give false hope, but what makes the body beat cancer on its own?


  • A cyborg cockroachClick Watch

    The cyborg cockroach - why has a computer been attached to this insect’s nervous system?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.