Steve Double MP welcomes confirmation of Cornwall as location of fast track plans to help older people stay well and avoid hospital admissions

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has welcomed the announcement from the Government this evening that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been announced as one of seven areas across the county to accelerate improvements to help mainly older people stay well at home and avoid long stays in hospital.

The additional investment will see urgent requests responded to within two hours. In addition, support to help people regain their ability to perform their usual activities like cooking meals, washing and getting about will be provided within two days. The quicker response times will help people to remain well, in their own homes and independent 365 days a year.

Commenting, Steve said:

“I am delighted to see this announcement which should help some of our most vulnerable older people stay well and out of hospital, therefore easing pressure on Treliske and our community hospitals.”

“In my role as Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Health and Social Care I have always been keen to emphasise the unique pressures that Cornwall faces with our growing older population and rural nature.”

“I look forward to see these improvements in place to help residents and our NHS alike.”