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24th & 25th May: March on Norman Lamb

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You can download a flyer with map as a pdf to use, distribute or print and display in your workplace, café or pub. Maps and itineraries for days one and two can be found at the end of this article. Please let you friends and colleagues know about this important event which is designed to be suitable for the whole family. If you can’t walk far or have other commitments, join us for the protest, walk a small way with us or support us on our route.

Mental Health Services are in Severe Crisis

Join us in marching on Norman Lamb on 24th & 25th May!

Norman Lamb refuses to take responsibility for his crisis:

 

Norman Lamb head

  • cuts to psychiatric beds, so that patients are being admitted hundreds of miles away from home

  • cuts to community and crisis teams, so that vulnerable people in the community are not receiving the care they need

  • key specialist teams abolished

  • social care cut

  • delays in getting help to people in crisis

  • suicide rates increasing for the first time in 10 years

 

Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) blames the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The CCGs blame NSFT.

Norman Lamb blames everyone except himself and claims he is ‘campaigning’ for ‘parity of esteem.’

But Norman Lamb is the Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health.

Mental Health is his responsibility but services in Norfolk and Suffolk are a disgrace.

ASSEMBLE & PROTEST 0900-0930 on the pavement outside HELLESDON HOSPITAL ON SATURDAY 24TH MAY

We are making a difference!

Day 1:

Saturday 24th May –  Hellesdon to Aylsham

(14.5 miles total with various departure points including after lunch stop at 10 miles)

 Assemble and protest from 9 a.m. Start Hellesdon Hospital 9.30 a.m.

Walk for approx 2 miles to Drayton and join Marriott’s Way

Stay on Marriott’s Way to Fir Covert Road, approx. 2 miles

*4 mile point! Potential pick up point at Fir Covert Road car – park or walk back to Fakenham Rd and get a bus.

Continue on Marriott’s Way to Alderford

*c. 6 mile point!  Alderford Common car park. (Two hours/ 11.30 a.m.)

Proceed to Cawston via Swannington  (arrive Cawston c.12.45 p.m.)

 * 10 mile point! Pub lunch in Cawston – bus back to Norwich  at 14.09.

Join Marriots Way again and proceed to Aylsham – another 4.5 miles – arrive about 3 p.m. (depending on lunch break!)

Buses back to Norwich from every 30 mins or so

Day 2:

Sunday 25th May Aylsham to North Walsham

via Weavers Way (7.5 miles)

Meet Aylsham Market Place 10.30 a.m.  (1003 at Castle Meadow arrives at 1034 or 933 arrives just after 1000)

Take Blickling Rd to join Weavers Way.  Walk 7 miles to North Walsham arriving  approx 1 p.m.

Find a pub for lunch!

Take bus or train back to Norwich (e.g. 14.25 bus, 15.07 train but others to choose from)

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