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St Just Town Council fears hospital sale would see money leave west Cornwall

By CMJoshBarrie  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

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ST JUST Town Council has expressed concerns that a potential sale of Poltair Hospital in Penzance would see the money raised used outside of west Cornwall.

At a meeting on Monday councillors felt pressure should be put on the NHS, which owns the site, to ensure the benefits are seen locally.

Neil McFadden, deputy mayor, said he did not want to see money “go upcountry” and that the council should “collectively say something to protect residents”.

A drop-in session in St Just this week and a discussion at the town council’s meeting noted the options concerning the service’s future that were put on the table by health authorities – and it was made clear they were not supported by members.

Gillian McQueen said it is imperative if a sale goes ahead that money stays in west Penwith and that members should “pressure” the NHS to not look elsewhere.

While the mayor, Kevin McFadden, said it was clear many were resigned to the thought Poltair had “had its day” – but also said if that is the case he does not want to see “money leaving the area” and that the options made available “did not make sense”.

“We want to ensure the future of west Cornwall,” he said.

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