Figures given to Cornwall’s Integrated Care Board last week, show that more people are still waiting more than a year for treatment at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.

Labour group leader on Cornwall Council Jayne Kirkham says 2,710 have been waiting over one year and 356 over 78 weeks.

She says waits for out-patient appointments for cancer referrals are far worse than national targets.

The average handover time for those arriving at Treliske in an ambulance was over three hours in September.

Falmouth Packet: Labour's Jayne Kirkham says the party has a fully funded plan to support the NHSLabour's Jayne Kirkham says the party has a fully funded plan to support the NHS (Image: Supplied)

Cllr Kirkham says nearly 8,000 hours were wasted At Treliske in September for ambulance crews who could have been on the road responding to emergency calls.

Responding to the figures, Labour’s Jayne Kirkham said: “After 12 years of Conservative rule the NHS is on its knees – and people in Cornwall are paying the price. The winter has not even begun yet our health service is already deep in crisis.

“Labour has a fully funded plan to get our health service going again – by training the doctors and nurses we need to provide the care people in Truro and Falmouth deserve.

"The Conservatives are not delivering change. The situation is getting worse and worse and they have not hit many of the waiting time targets set and achieved by the last Labour government since before 2016.”

Responding to the Labour claims, Falmouth and Truro MP Cherilyn Mackrory said: "I am aware of NHS waiting time figures that have been shared with Cornwall’s Independent Care Board, and continue to work with our excellent local NHS teams to ensure they get the support needed to get the backlog down and improve waiting times for people who need to use these vital services.


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"The Government has provided funding nationally to help address the backlog of treatment that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The impact of the pandemic continues to be felt in the way that the ambulance service transfers patients to Treliske and I will continue to work with them to encourage a solution.

"At the other end, I am working with Cornwall Council to help people get back into the community as soon as they are able to and free up bed space for those who need it in hospital.

"There is always more to do and I remain committed to ensuring our health system works for all."