Whatever Mr. Page, the Chair of Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), tries to claim in the EDP, the crisis in mental health services deepens, with:
- hundreds of people who use services without a care coordinator
- between twenty and thirty people in beds beyond Norfolk & Suffolk at any one time
- crisis teams overwhelmed
- hundreds of vacancies in critical front-line posts
- routine referrals taking two months for assessment
- millions wasted on vanity projects and a redundancy programme so inept it should become a business school case study in how not to undertake organisational change.
We’ll be delighted to stop campaigning when there is nothing to campaign about, Mr.Page – but not because our exposures of the disgraceful truth are embarrassing to the NSFT Board and threaten their jobs and reputations.
Here are the events currently planned for April and May:
24th April Deadline for the consultation into mental health services is 5 p.m. The questionnaire is available online here. Please complete the questionnaire – it won’t take long and it is vital that ordinary voices are heard. HealthEast are the only CCG to have given the public an opportunity to give their views on the radical redesign. You can find out more about the background by clicking here.
25th April AMHPs from NSFT and NCC meeting with North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group
25th April Campaign members meeting with their constituency MP, Norman Lamb
26th April Stall at the Forum, outside at 10 am
1st May Joint NSFT/NCC Unison AMHP meeting to consider industrial action over bed shortages and impossible working conditions
4th May Stall and speaking at May Day Rally at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich – time to be confirmed – see website, email, Facebook or Twitter
6th May Organising Committee Meeting 6.30 pm Vauxhall Centre, Norwich – all welcome
10th May Norfolk Coalition against Cuts AGM, Campaign may be invited to speak
24/25th May March on Norman Lamb, assemble at Hellesdon Hospital 10 a.m. further details to follow, pencil in your diary.
As always, thanks for your support.