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MK members in St Austell and Newquay oppose loss of radiotherapy services
At a meeting of MK members in the St Austell and Newquay Constituency on Friday (19th January), there was unanimous opposition to NHS England’s proposal to move some cancer treatments out of Cornwall.

Chairman of the Constituency Party, Cllr Michael Bunney said:

“The leadership of Mebyon Kernow has already opposed the possible centralisation of cancer treatment services out of Cornwall, and local members are keen to show that they also want to protect and enhance those cancer services we have in Cornwall.

“It is heartening to see the strength of local opinion, which comes from thousands of local people, clinical professionals, the team at the much-appreciated Sunrise Centre at Treliske, and more.

These comments follow those of the Deputy Leader of Mebyon Kernow, Cllr Loveday Jenkin, who serves on Cornwall Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Speaking on behalf of MK as a whole, she said:

“It is simply unacceptable that the extent of radiotherapy provision in Cornwall may be reduced and centralised into Devon, making it harder and harder for Cornish families to access vital health services that should be located as locally as possible.

“Once again, Cornwall may miss out in favour of other areas and this shows that so-called ‘regional’ bodies do not treat our communities with the respect that they merit. If the NHS is indeed investing in a new radiotherapy network, it needs to ensure that services based in Cornwall are enhanced – not downgraded.”
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By Dick Cole. Published on 26th January 2018.

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