Hospitals Bid To Become Foundation Trusts

Islanders are being asked to share views on proposed changes to the NHS Trust that runs St Mary’s-based outpatient services, as well as St Michael’s in Hayle, Truro’s Treliske and the West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals’ Trust wants to become an NHS Foundation Trust, similar to the ambulance service.

Spokesman, Simon Rix , says they have little choice. If they don’t make the change they are likely to be merged with another upcountry provider.

Simon says they also have to try and gain Foundation Trust status for financial reasons – it will allow them to reschedule their existing £20m debt to be paid back over 15 years rather than 5 years.

The Trust is determined to have a representative from our Council when they’re devising policy, but whether an islander will be involved will depend on local interest and the NHS board.

Simon says that, while quality of care would be set by a national body, their strategy for delivering those services could be set locally and he thinks the change would give local people a greater say in the decision-making process.

The new Chief Executive of the Trust, Lezli Boswell, is also making the trip over for the meeting at the Town Hall on Monday at 12.30pm.