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Trust backs out of controversial service partnership

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

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A CONTROVERSIAL public-private partnership which cost Cornwall Council's leader his job has been thrown into disarray after a key player pulled out.

The Cornwall Strategic Partnership was designed to bring together the council, healthcare organisations and BT to share services.

But at a behind-closed-doors board meeting of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT), members decided to terminate their involvement.

Lezli Boswell, chief executive of the RCHT, said in a message to staff: "I want to let you know that the RCHT Board agreed to formally withdraw from the Cornwall Strategic Partnership – the project with Cornwall Council and other healthcare partners to develop shared services in Cornwall.

"The board decision was made following changes to the scope of the project and consideration of legal advice.

"The trust will now pursue alternative options for developing our IT and health records services to meet future staff and patient needs."

The partnership now has just three members – Cornwall Council, Peninsula Community Health, the private company running cottage hospitals, and Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust, responsible for mental health services.

A spokesman for Cornwall Council said: "We are disappointed by the decision by the RCHT board to withdraw from the strategic partnership.

"We will now need to consider the implications of this decision with our other health partners before deciding what course of action is to be taken."

A spokesman for Peninsula Community Health, a not-for-profit company, said: "We have heard the news and we are now looking at the options."

Meanwhile a spokesman for the partnership trust said it was seeking more detail.

Labour councillor Jude Robinson said: "RCHT is an important partner and their withdrawal will make a big difference."

The controversial arrangement would have seen a wholly-owned company created to run key services. His support for it led to Alec Robertson being voted from his post as council leader in October.

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  • Green Ginger Studios  |  February 02 2013, 6:05PM

    Lavery, as the driving force behind this management consultants wet dream, should be terminated immediately and not given the courtesy of paid notice. This is quite obviously a bucket of ordure.

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  • fillyboy  |  February 02 2013, 3:46PM

    I doubt the 'strategic partership' will go ahead now, I wonder how many millions the council will have wasted on this soon to be abandoned project.

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  • Trecurnow  |  February 02 2013, 2:59PM

    Peninsula Community Health is a company I am told owned by Head of Social Services and Cornwall Council Officer responsible for health. All Social Services staff will be transfered to this organisation etc..

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  • toffer99  |  February 02 2013, 12:03PM

    "null" in last comment was http://tinyurl.com/cg6nn4t

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  • toffer99  |  February 02 2013, 12:01PM

    Good. Another small hiccup in the Government's plan to sell off the NHS. Lets hope for many more. Unless maybe you plan to never get sick or have an accident. null

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