Despite overwhelming opposition expressed during a two-month public consultation, Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) decided on Tuesday to decommission the women’s mental health ward Foxley Lane, because of enforced savings by NHS England of £48m over two years.
As the long-anticipated decision was announced, people stormed out of the meeting in disgust. “Women will die without this service!” shouted one lady, enraged.
Widely popular among local people, the ward was described by former patients as a “life-saving, therapeutic and peaceful environment”, but cuts to the local NHS budget mean it will close. This is the reality of mental health service provision under this Conservative government.