Next week, there is a unique and valuable opportunity for us to question and confront the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) Board members, management and local commissioners over the decision to close another 25 beds and the on-going cuts and chaos.
We want to overwhelm the Trust and the commissioners not only with our arguments but also with our numbers. The public meeting is taking place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday 13 February at The Sanctuary, North Lowestoft United Reformed Church, London Road North, Lowestoft NR32 1HB (see the map below or click the link to go to Google Maps). We are also hoping to arrange our own public meeting afterwards – we will let you know by email and social media if we are able to secure a suitable venue. Please check this website for updates on Wednesday evening.
We need a great turnout for this important event. This isn’t just a local issue – more than one quarter of these beds are used by people from the rest of Norfolk & Suffolk and we need to support each other. Please forward this email to people and groups who might be willing to support us and do go if you possibly can – and take people with you.
Our initial response to the consultation, with links to the CCG/NSFT closure consultation document, is here. There is a forum topic for arranging and offering lifts here. You can also request or offer lifts in the comments below this post without having to register on our forum and website. The venue is only about ten minutes walk from Lowestoft train station for those who will be using public transport. We can also help with reasonable transport costs for those suffering genuine financial hardship.
Read about the other campaigning we are doing but do please get along to the public meeting if you possibly can. Email, tweet, Facebok Like and tell everyone you know.
Thank you as always for your valuable support.
UPDATE: We’ve managed to book the Unity room at the United Reformed Church – same venue as the public meeting, different room. Join us there immediately after the ‘consultation’ to plan a decent future for mental health services and save beds and community services. We look forward to seeing you.