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Health chiefs have decided to close Poltair Community hospital on the outskirts of Penzance. The hospital provided ten beds for aftercare patients who'd had surgery elsewhere. More than 7,000 people had signed a petition to keep it open.
Poltair Hospital, on the outskirts of Penzance, is to close.
NHS chiefs decided today that it would no longer fund services at the hospital, which is run by private company Peninsula Community Health.
There had been a concerted campaign to keep the hospital open and 7,000 people had signed a petition. Protestors at the meeting today made clear their dismay at the decision.
West Cornwall MP Andrew George said: "This is a backward step. I fear this decision could place our mostvulnerable and frail in an 'out of sight out of mind' environment.
"I acknowledge that Poltair's dayswere numbered. It's difficult to justifykeeping that facility as it is.
"But we should be ambitious to improve and expand in-patient beds and services. Our population is increasing. The needs of the elderly are accelerating, not decreasing."
The future of a Cornish community hospital which has been closed for a year will become clearer in the next few weeks. A number of options are being drawn up for Poltair Hospital on the outskirts of Penzance. It's estimated it'll cost £750,000 to bring it up to scratch and re-open it.
A consultation has begun about the future of Poltair Hospital in Penzance.
A group of doctors, nurses, councillors and health campaigners met to share their ideas about its future earlier this week.
During the workshop they discussed some of the possible options for the hospital.
Their ideas will be shared with the public in December.