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“The health and social care system is under “unprecedented pressure” according to the councillor responsible for adult social care in Cornwall.

Rob Rotchell was responding to figures which show a flagship government scheme to help cut bed-blocking in Cornwall isn’t working.

The Better Care fund was introduced in 2013 to free up hospital beds, but according to the latest figures from Cornwall Council, the number of days where patients had to stay in hospital because there was no onward care rose by 35% despite a target to reduce it by 10%.

Mr Rotchell says the challenge is great, with the demand greater in Cornwall because of its ageing demographic.

“The number of older people who are living longer and needing our services is getting greater every single year,” he said.”