Patient Care Suffering At Treliske Hospital Says Scilly’s Shadow Trust Member

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

Patient care is suffering as a direct result of finances at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.

That was the message from Cllr Marian Bennett, one of two Scilly representatives on the RCHT’s Shadow Council of Governors, alongside St Mary’s man Steve Manning.

The Trust runs Treliske Hospital in Truro, as well as St Michael’s in Hayle and West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance.

Marian told councillors at Tuesday’s Full Council meeting that budgets continue to be “a major concern,” care is costing more than expected and the predicted savings hadn’t materialised.

She says the Trust is failing to meet patient demand, particularly in A&E, and there’s been an increased use of agency staff.

RCHT Chief Executive Lezli Boswell retired in November after fourteen years at the head of the Trust.

It has been trying to gain Foundation Trust status for several years, but Marian says that’s “still elusive.”