28 October 2010

I shall post here continuing good news for Cornwall, developments which will positively help the people of Cornwall and the local economy and everyday lives. Everyone who wants the people of Cornwall to succeed in the modern world will welcome them. This post covers the second half of 2010: for previous Vorsprungs see below.

* The Care quality commission published in December 2010 the results of its survey of women about how they judged their care during pregnancy, labour and birth, and after the birth. The RCHT scored well: for antenatal care it got a higher rating than most trusts and for other aspects got a rating like other trusts. Read the results here and those for outpatient and inpatient experiences from earlier in 2010. (Added January 2011)

* Cornwall and Isle of Scilly local enterprise partnership is among the twenty four asked by the department for business, innovation, and skills to “progress their proposals to the next stage”. Vince Cable, the business secretary, said that the twenty four were being asked “to set up their boards and get to work”.

The LEPs are the more local successors to the regional development authorities which the government is abolishing. LEPs are partnerships of businesses and councils to promote economic growth in their areas. (28 October 2010)

* A £132 million project to provide access in most of Cornwall to high speed broadband by 2014 has been announced. BT and the European regional development fund are putting up the money. Half the project will deliver access through fibre direct into the premises (FTTH) and half through fibre to a cabinet in the street (FTTC) technology. FTTH will provide speeds up to 100 Mbps and FTTC 40 Mbps. The project is expected to make possible the creation of about 4000 new jobs. Some see the forecasts for speed and jobs as optimistic but he project will put Cornwall at the forefront of the delivery of high speed broadband to rural areas. (1 October 2010)

* A £4 million project to build nine industrial work units and offices for eighty nine jobs at Treleigh, Redruth has secured £2 million of European Regional Development Fund (Convergence) money. Details are here. (29 September 2010)

* The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) is to spend £87 million over five years to improve health services at Treliske Truro, St Michael’s Hayle, and West Cornwall Penzance hospitals. New equipment and operating theatres and diagnosis and treatment units are part of the scheme. The money includes £18 million from the Department of Health. This is excellent news for Cornwall patients. More details are here. (24 September 2010)

* A scheme to build industrial units and offices at Barncoose, Redruth has been approved. £6.6m for it will come from the European Regional Development Fund (Convergence) and £6.8 m from the project developers, Practical Developments South West of Redruth. The scheme will provide about 170 new jobs and safeguard about 80 others. Read more details here. (1 August 2010)

* A £3 million project has provided three static and two mobile digital mammography screening units at Treliske hospital. These give clearer diagnostic results and will reveal more breast cancers than the older analog equipment. More details are here. This is excellent news from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust. Also see here for more good news. (10 July 2010)

Vorsprung Cornwall 1 and 2 cover 2007, Vorsprung Cornwall 3 and 4 cover 2008, and Vorsprung Cornwall 5 and 6 cover 2009, and 7 covers the first half of 2010.