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7,000 sign petition on hospital threatened with closure

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

  • From left, Richard Somerville, Pauline and Barry Schofield with their petition to save Poltair Hospital.

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A PETITION signed by almost 7,000 people concerned about the future of Poltair Hospital is on its way to health chiefs.

The petition calls on Peninsula Community Health to provide an "adequate number of beds locally" in the wake of the continued closure of the inpatient beds at the Penzance hospital since October 2012.

The names on the petition have been collected by health campaigner Richard Somerville, who became a familiar sight in Causewayhead in the second half of last year.

However, shortly before Christmas, Mr Somerville was diagnosed with a brain tumour and former Penwith district councillor Pauline Schofield has taken over the final arrangements for submitting the petition before the February 17 deadline for the end of the consultation period.

Mrs Schofield has a keen interest in Poltair as, following the deaths of both her parents at the hospital a few years ago, the Schofield family, together with the Friends of West Cornwall and Poltair Hospitals, raised £5,000 for a 'dying with dignity' room, named after her parents, Jack and Nora Troth.

"Mr Somerville has done a wonderful job collecting the signatures in all weathers," she said.

"I hadn't seen anything about what was happening to the petition so contacted Mr Somerville and offered to make sure it was submitted before the end of the consultation period.

"Hopefully this will show the strength of feeling that people have here in West Cornwall for Poltair."

The consultation period on the future of Poltair Hospital continues until Monday.

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