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."
There are fears about the future of Penzance's outdoor seawater pool after it was badly damaged by the winter storms. Cornwall Council is trying to put together a £2 million bid for a major facelift but that's unlikely to be in place this year.
And supporters of the Jubilee Pool say if it doesn't open this summer, it could remain closed for good. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
Three girls, including the daughter of a lifeboat crew member are tonight recovering from a frightening ordeal.
Lucy Haining , got into difficulty last night along with two friends on Penzance Promenade. She managed to help her two friends in the sea before help arrived.
Today the RNLI again warned people to stay away from the shoreline during high tides and rough weather.
Francesca Carpenter reports:-
The mother of a teenager who was caught up in a dramatic sea rescue today spoke of her huge relief that her child didn't suffer a far worse fate than mere embarrassment.
Lucy Haining, who is actually the daughter of a lifeboat crew member, got into difficulty last night along with two friends on Penzance Promenade.
She managed to help her two friends in the sea before help arrived.
The RNLI has again warned people to stay away from the sea's edge especially during high tides and rough weather.
A lifeboat crew rescued three girls in Penzance last night after they were swept into the sea next to the Jubilee Pool. One girl was the daughter of a Penlee lifeboat crewman.
The first girl was swept into the sea near the Jubilee Pool, after the friends had walked down the slipway in wetsuits. Her friend tried to help, but was also swept in.
The third girl, Lucy Haining - daughter of Penlee crewman Zac Haining - went into the sea to persuade the others to swim out beyond the dangerous breakers to wait for help. They were evntually spotted by a passer-by. The rescue involved a Culdrose helicopter, two lifeboats and the coastguard.
The girls are all safe and well, and Lucy has been praised for her actions.
Problems on the trains this morning. There are currently no services between Penzance and St Erth. And services between Liskeard and Looe have been replaced by buses.
A protest is being held in Penzance today against price fare rises on First buses in Cornwall. People using the buses say the price rises mean it will be just as expensive to use a bus as it would be to use a car. First say the fare increases are due to rising running costs.
Lifeboat crews were forced to rescue a pair of charity rowers after they received reports of a distressed santa and his penguin friend struggling to battle the waves.
The two men in fancy dress were picked up when they attempted to paddle their dinghy three-miles between from Marazion to Penzance in Cornwall on Saturday.
A spokeswoman for the Falmouth Coastguard said the pair - who claimed they were fundraising for Help For Heroes - were "clearly they not dressed for the occasion".