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Mebyon Kernow Councillor urges Council to intervene over A&E crisis at Derriford Hospital
A senior Mebyon Kernow Councillor has urged Cornwall Council’s head of health to intervene urgently into the A&E crisis at Derriford Hospital after a resident had to wait seven hours to see a doctor following an injury last week.

Cllr Andrew Long, who represents Callington on Cornwall Council, has written to Cllr Rob Rotchell, who is the Cabinet member responsible for health on the Council, following the incident last week when a sportsman suffered a triple fracture to his cheek bone, but was told no ambulance was available and when transported to Derriford was faced with a seven hour wait to see a doctor at the A&E department.

“It is simply not acceptable that injured members of the public have to wait for this long to be seen by a doctor.  It is clear there is a crisis growing at Derriford and the overworked staff there, who provide an incredible level of dedication, are fighting a losing battle against restricted funding which could put people’s lives at risk if it continues.  To have to wait for seven hours in severe pain before even seeing a doctor is not something that is acceptable in the 21st century,” said Cllr Long.

“There is clearly a massive problem in both the hospital and with the South West Ambulance Trust as this is the second time in two months that an ambulance has been called and not turned up.  When I asked the service why - they simply said ‘we have no ambulances that are not on emergencies’.  What was even more worrying was, when asked if this was regular for a Saturday evening, the exhausted staff nurse said – its like this EVERY night now!  This cannot continue.  It is not acceptable that the 160,000 Cornish residents are given a second class service due to government inability to fund the service properly.”

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By Dick Cole. Published on 21st May 2018.

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