I know I criticise Cornwall Council a lot, but it's time to hand out some praise. Last week, a rushed and far too short consultation with members was held to discuss the Council's response to the Neath and Care Bill which seeks fundamental reform of the NHS. I think many councillors who were there feared that the formal response would end up being a whitewash and failing to reflect the deep concern that many of us (perhaps even most) at the proposed changes.
But the letter sent by the Leader fails to live down to my fears. In fact, the overall tone is quite negative about the Government's proposals. I would love to think that the Cornwall Council letter will make a key difference - I suspect it won't - but it is not for want of trying.
NHS Listening Exercise 31.05.11-1
So congrats to Alec on this one and here's hoping the Government listens.