Tough Choices

Thursday was once of those days. I had Health and Adults Scrutiny Committee, a Public Meeting in Penzance and a Town Council Meeting in Porthleven. I shall start with The Scrutiny meeting.

This meeting only had one item on the Agenda. Support previous Councils (Cornwall County) decision to move Upper GI Cancer treatment to Devon. This is a rare form of Cancer that effects roughly 120 people in Cornwall per year. With approximately 25 of those needing surgery. The Primary Care Trust (PCT) certainly came in numbers. They gave a well presented argument of why this should be moved. It went along the line of a centre of excellence. They did state over and over this move was not for financial reasons. (maybe state this a little to much).  The choice we had to make (a very difficult one) was should we endorse this move or not. After over 2 hours of discussion we came to a view.

A proposal was made by Mario Fonk to refer this decision to the Sec of State of Health for his ruling along the lines of not enough information was available when the previous decision was made. I, after careful thought, agreed and seconded his proposal. Services like these should be kept in the County and not transfered to another areas. You have to think about the after-care, the families of those who are effected and more importantly keep services in Cornwall!

BBC News Link

I think its a slippery slope when you allow services to move out of the County. More importantly, because the geographical nature of Cornwall. We don’t have the luxury of being surrounded by other Counties with similar services.

One comment

  • Tech

    Couldn't agree more. We have do an approximately 100 mile round trip for my husband's oncology appointments. This means a day's unpaid leave + the cost of diesel and parking. We are fortunate that this has been, at most twice in a month. At the last appointment there was a gentleman talking about his daughter's experience – she has been having to do a 120 mile round trip several times a week – blood test one day, chemo the following day, more tests another day. This obviously adds to the physical, mental and financial stress that cancer patients and their families are already under. Many cancer patients suffer very real financial hardships (often losing their homes) so ANYTHING that can be done to lessen the burden must be done.

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