Ian Thomas (Independent)
The merging of Social Care
and Health Services may provide an opportunity to resolve the gaps between the
two services which currently put the more vulnerable at risk. A combined service and budget may provide
more joined-up care across the hospital, mental health and care sectors. The proposals could also see Cornwall
Council being much more involved in making decisions about the Health Service
and the possibility of Hospitals expanding into the community and potentially
running some of our Care Homes.
there is a risk that the clinical commissioning groups (the new bodies taking
control of Health budgets) could be undermined with, potentially, some power
being taken away from Doctors and Nurses.
Will Tremayne (Labour)
A close and effective working relationship between social services and the health care provider is essential for a smooth running experience for the service user and should be encouraged. However I do have concerns that any changes should not cost jobs, services or be outsourced to companies that take the services out of Cornwall.