Coming soon to a Mental Health Service near you.
Liberal Democrat/Conservative Cuts Threaten
NHS Mental Health Crisis
Here is the story ‘Emily’ wanted us to tell:
“Before the cuts, I had four amazing care co-ordinators over ten years. They had the chance to get to know me, both when I was struggling but also when I was well. This meant they could push me to recover, taught me how to laugh and cry and then could keep me safe when I was scared. They have held on to the hope for me in my darkest moments and I have had the time to learn to trust them – seemingly impossible tasks. At times it has seemed they know me better that I know myself and so have helped me build my life.
Now, in the world of the ‘radical redesign’, four care co-ordinators in as many months is the new reality. For others, more terrifyingly, there is no one. No one to take that call when the world is crumbling around you. No one to stop the spiral into chaos.
The perfect present would be the person who will fight your corner with you, values your life and never gives up.”
Care co-ordinators and continuity of care don’t seem to appear on NSFT’s Christmas list.
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See report from local paper below.
Suffolk: Mental health boss rejects crisis claims
Saturday, December 28, 2013
As a new campaign is launched against changes to mental health services in the region, the chairman of the NHS Trust which serves Suffolk and Norfolk has denied his organisation is in crisis.
However Gary Page did accept that some of the changes introduced by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust had caused unforeseen problems – and were being partially reversed.
Overall, however, it was vital that the Trust changed the way it operated to take account of reduced funding and an increased demand on its services – it is facing a budget reduction of £40 million by 2016.
Mr Page said: “Unlike NHS acute services, our budget is not linked to the number of people demanding our services.
“As a result we are seeing an increased demand for our services at the same time as our budget is being cut. That means we have to look at new ways of providing services.”
He said the Trust had been faced with two options – cut some of its services because of lack of money, or redesigning the way it operates with the aim of maintaining services.
It had chosen the latter, but during the changes fresh issues had become clear.
Mr Page said: “There was a reduction in the number of staff. Much of this was through not replacing those who left.
The number of administrative staff was reduced in particular.
“However that meant that front line clinical and support staff ended up doing more administrative tasks which is not the best use of their talents so we are taking on some more administrators to help there.”
Campaigners have warned that the changes have led to long-term clients of mental health services seeing a reduction in their services – or a change in their support workers.
- Increase in funding for Norfolk’s mental health services ruled out (edp24.co.uk)
- Suffolk: Bosses claim mental health services are heading towards a “national crisis” (eadt.co.uk)
- Bosses claim mental health services are heading towards a “national crisis” (goteleemedneg.wordpress.com)
- BBC NEWS; Mental health patient deaths ‘should force rethink’ (derbypa.wordpress.com)
- Norfolk and Suffolk mental health service ‘crisis’ row (nhsreality.wordpress.com)
- Union concern over low staffing levels at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (edp24.co.uk)
- Mental health referral delay figures ‘wildly inaccurate’, says trust (edp24.co.uk)
- Suffolk: Mental health boss rejects crisis claims (eadt.co.uk)
- LibDem- Conservative NHS Cuts bring England’s mental health services to breaking point (derbypa.wordpress.com)
TO: JEREMY HUNT, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR HEALTH
Dear Secretary of State for Health, We call upon you to withdraw Chapter 4 and clause 118 of the Care Bill (the ‘hospital closure clause”) that will make it possible to close viable hospitals without proper consultation.
Why is this important?
Recently, Jeremy Hunt lost his appeal against closing Lewisham Accident and Emergency. The law that protected it would be removed if Clause 118 passes. The Clause will allow the government to close or downgrade any hospital in the country, with barely any consultation of local people, if there is a Trust in financial difficulties anywhere nearby. They will be able to appoint an administrator to one Trust who will be able to take decisions to fast-track the closure of hospitals in another area - no matter how successful or popular those hospitals are - using the 'unsustainable provider' legislation that was designed only for insolvent Trusts. If it becomes law, this Clause means that *no* hospital will be safe, no matter how successful. Check out this link http://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/stop-hospital-closure-clause for more information. We will update you on further campaign actions you can get involved in. Please share on Twitter and Facebook. 139,825 of 200,000 signatures https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/jeremy-hunt-should-resign-and-take-his-hospital-closure-clause-with-him
- Jeremy Hunt is trying to change the law (xsectruthsevievee.net)
- Jeremy Hunt: Axe the Hospital Closure Clause (derbypa.wordpress.com)
- Jeremy Hunt is trying to change the law: sign this petition! (shirazsocialist.wordpress.com)
- TAKEOVER BY STEALTH: How Hunt’s unaccountable Gauleiters are accelerating NHS privatisation (hat4uk.wordpress.com)
- Jeremy Hunt’s decision to downgrade A&E services at Lewisham Hospital ‘unlawful’, rules court (standard.co.uk)
- PETITION: Stop Jeremy Hunt Closing Down More Hospitals! (streetdemocracy.wordpress.com)
- Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt suffers ‘humiliating’ court defeat over hospital cutback plan (express.co.uk)
- Jeremy Hunt loses appeal on unlawful hospital closures (telegraph.co.uk)