But in a separate blow, six beds which had been commissioned by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust on a pilot scheme will not be funded next year.
Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Well done, Norfolk County Council for listening. Shame on NSFT and The Magnificent Seven CCGs. It appears that The Magnificent Seven CCGs are willing to see millions of pounds of NHS funds wasted on expensive private hospital beds across England but they won’t support a universally-respected and cost-effective local charity and a key part of the mental health infrastructure.
What will Norman ‘mental health champion’ Lamb have to say? ‘Totally unacceptable’? ‘Not available for comment’? Or ‘A Department of Health spokesman: “We have gone further than ever before to put mental health on a par with physical health and have instructed the NHS to make sure every community does the same.”‘?
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