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NOW RESCHEDULED: Protest: Against Greed, Mental Health Cuts and NHS Privatisation: ‘No to cuts, No to Branson, No to Lejk’: 1130-1200 Tuesday 1st May 2018: Carrow Road, Norwich NR1 1JE

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The NHS bureaucracy have now rearranged their post cuts, pre privatisation jamboree ‘Breaking the Mould’.

We will be there to protest against mental health cuts, NHS privatisation and the imposition of CCG hatchet man Antek Lejk as the Chief Executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) despite the objections of service users and carers.

Original article follows and is still worth reading:

Since the creation of the Clinical Commissioning Groups in 2013-14, the share of the Norfolk NHS budget received by Norfolk’s secondary mental health care trust, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), has fallen by 8.3 per cent as referrals to NSFT have risen by 48 per cent.

Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust is the only mental health trust to be rated Inadequate by the care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and placed into Special Measures by the regular of NHS Trusts, NHS Improvement (NHSI), not just once but twice.

While mental health services were trashed, the number of unexpected deaths soared.

Even after this disaster and the CQC clearly stating that NSFT does not have enough beds or staff, mental health has not received the funding necessary to deliver decent community services and to prevent the transportation of people in a mental health crisis to private hospitals nationwide.

While patients and carers have seen mental health services cut and front line staff have received either pitiful pay rises or nothing at all, NHS bureaucrats have awarded themselves a pay bonanza.

Now, having destroyed mental health services for children and young people (CAMHS) through cuts which the NHS Benchmarking Agency discovered were the largest in the country and three times the national average, the Norfolk ‘commissioners’ are planning to go out to tender for services and the EDP has exposed plans by tax-exile Richard Branson’s Virgin Care to bid.

Richard Branson has been a tax exile from the UK since 2006, which means he has chosen not to live in the UK, to limit the time he spends in the UK, not pay income tax to fund the NHS in the UK. Richard Branson can’t even use the NHS free of charge because he doesn’t live here.

We need decent funding of mental health services, not privatisation.

Join us on Thursday 1st March at Carrow Road outside the South Stand at the entrance for the Top of the City where those responsible for the disaster in mental health services and the planned privatisation are gathering for their ‘Breaking the Mould’ event. They’re actually ‘Breaking the NHS’. Assemble at 11.15 a.m. for a protest between 11.30 a.m. and noon.

The ‘Breaking the Mould’ event is being chaired by Patricia Hewitt who has made a most remarkable political journey from New Labour’s Health Secretary to the public face of vicious NHS austerity cuts in Norfolk via ‘consultancies’ for private healthcare.

Patricia Hewitt is being assisted by Alistair Campbell which is fitting given his role in defending the indefensible during the Iraq War and producing the ‘dodgy dossier’: commissioners in Norfolk have their own ‘dodgy dossier’ in the form of the fixed, flawed farce of the mental health beds review.

Who better to act as the cheerleaders of the privatisation of NHS mental health services than Patricia ‘Doing A Hewitt’ and Alistair ‘Dodgy Dossier’ Campbell?

Join us and make your voice heard before it is too late!

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2 thoughts on “NOW RESCHEDULED: Protest: Against Greed, Mental Health Cuts and NHS Privatisation: ‘No to cuts, No to Branson, No to Lejk’: 1130-1200 Tuesday 1st May 2018: Carrow Road, Norwich NR1 1JE

  1. HEATHER EDMONDSON says:

    WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT WHO DONT CARE ABOUT THE ORDINARY PEOPLE THEY ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN THE WEALTHY. NONE OF OUR NHS SERVICES SHOULD BE SOLD OFF, IT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE.

    RICHARD BRANSON IS AWARDED 3 MILLION WHEN HE SUED THE NHS BECAUSE HE DIDNTGET A CONTRACTTHEN AFTER GETS AWARDED NHS CONTRACTS. THE NHS WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE PRIVATISED IT IS FUNDED BY THE PEOPLE, IT SHOULD ALL BE BOUGHT BACK.

    NO MORE SHOULD BE SOLD OFF FOR THE WEALTHY TO MAKE PROFITS OUT OF THE NSFT HAS BEEN RUINED BY BEING RUN BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO IDEA AND WERE MORE INTERESTED IN WHAT THEY COULD EARN OUT OF IT.

    ALL THE WARDS SHOULD BE REOPENED AT HELLESDON AND CHATTERTON HOUSE IN WEST NORFOLK SHOULD BE TURNED INTO A FULL TIME MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL AS WAS INTENDED BY THE LADY WHO GAVE IT TOO THEM.

    OUR NEW CHILDRENS SERVICES SHOULD BE FUNDED BY THE NSFT AND CCGs. WE HAVE 4 too many CCGs in NORFOLK WHO SPEND MORE MONEY IN PAYRISES AS DO THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT AT THE NSFT.

    THE WHO NSFT BOARD SHOULD RESIGN AND IT SHOULD BE RUN BY PEOPLE WHO KNOW ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. IF ALL THE WARDS WERE REOPENED AND STAFF PAID DECENT WAGES WE WOULDNT NEED TO SEND ANY ONE OUT OF THE COUNTY, OR NEED AGENCY STAFF AND LOCCUMS.

    WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT WHO ONLY CARE FOR THE WEALTHY AND ARE HAPPY TO PRIVATISE OUR NHS. I WOULD COMPARE THEM WITH HITLER THEY ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN THEMSELVES WITH NO THOUGHT FOR OTHERS.

    I HOPE THE PROTEST ON THE 1st OF MARCH SUCEEDS AND OUR NSFT SEE  THE NEED FOR PRIVATISATION TO STOP.

    It’s no wonder when they paid people like Michael Scott more than the PM earns and then a day before the CQC report comes out having seen the report makes an exit with 87k does anyone know if they found him a job to work his notice. They then promote the finance officer to run things( Disaster) Then you here they have been handing out salary increases of £10,000 They never learn. All the wards closed at Hellesdon and Kings Lynn should be reopened. Kings Lynn mental Health Services own Chatterton House which was left to them for mental health only, it’s just offices it’s a modern building with so much space. There was a rumour that they were going to sell some of Hellesdon off, sheer stupidity.
    I suffer with PTSD, Anxiety & Depression The CQC interviewed me about the NSFT once and then last year about West. We have Care in the Community, I get more help from my GP and his staff and in the last three years Norwich & Central Mind.
    There aren’t enough staff trained in mental health working in the community.
    They need to get rid of the so called bosses and put people in charge who understand Mental Health and aren’t just in it for ridiculously high salaries. The 5 CCGs are not needed in Norfolk they only need one they spend time having meetings about meetings and giving themselves huge PAYRISES.
    I may suffer and won’t let people, except professionals into my life and I have tried suicide several times and failed but one of these days I’ll make sure I succeed. As long as I’m alive I will fight for People with Mental Health Illness by using twitter and writing emails etc. THEY NEED FULL TRAINED STAFF ON THE GROUND NO AGENCY STAFF OR LOCCUMS PAY STAFF DECENT WAGES THAT GOES FOR THE WHOLE OF OUR NHS THAT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE NOT PRIVATE COMPANIES.

    GET RID OF 4 OUT OF 5 CCGs THAT WOULD SAVE A FORTUNE AND ALSO GET RID OF THE USELESS DEAD WOOD IN THE NSFT. PUT THE MONEY INTO TRAINED STAFF ON THE GROUND.

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  2. Meshugana says:

    Where is all the money going at NSFT? There are 4000 staff and 8000 service users. Do the sums. Do we need assistants to assistants and a communications team to tell us how good the Trust is. I have just read this:

    Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has been awarded a second gold star in recognition of its commitment to ensuring carers are fully supported and involved in decisions about care.

    The Carers Trust has presented NSFT with the star for successfully achieving the second stage of the Triangle of Care.

    What a lot of tosh sent out daily by the communications team. In my experience the Trust does very little for its service users and less than nothing for their carers. A gold star for the Triangle of Care sounds good but is a useless and another expensive vacuous initiative.

     

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