On the sixth day of Christmas, NSFT took away… dignity in old age

Here’s the story ‘Harold’ wanted us to tell: “Our Trust has already closed dementia and complexity in later life beds.  The idea appears sound: dementia intensive support teams will support people in their homes. Now that is all well and good for those who can be supported at home but sometimes it just isn’t possible […]

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On the fifth day of Christmas, the cuts took away… access to the only available treatment

This is the story ‘Sally’ wanted us to tell: There has been a lot of press coverage about the lack of beds, but this usually refers to beds needed in a crisis or following a Mental Health Act assessment. My colleagues and I in community teams have been dealing with another, almost hidden, consequence of

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EDP: GPs refuse to increase funding despite mental health crisis

The EDP claims that the CCGs have decided to refuse any ‘significant’ increase in funding for mental health services despite the crisis and increasing demand. Read the usual excuses by clicking the image below. Or discover the human cost of inadequate mental health services in our 12 Cuts of Christmas campaign. Why not ask your GP

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On the fourth day of Christmas, the cuts took away… beds but not humanity

This is the powerful story ‘Dave’ wants us to share: I am supporting the campaign because it’s about time someone had the courage to speak out. I used to work in one of the crisis teams until recently. I had to transport a patient to a private hospital after being assessed and of course no

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BBC Radio Suffolk: 12 Cuts of Christmas campaign is lead news story

We’ve spoken to the Trust, to clinical commissioning groups, to Norman Lamb. They all blame each other and say the situation isn’t their responsibility… meanwhile people who use our services and staff are caught in the middle and bearing the brunt Listen on the hour on BBC Suffolk. Read about stories from our 12 Cuts

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EADT: Suffolk: Mental health boss rejects crisis claims (again)

NSFT director Graham Creelman said ‘this is a developing national crisis in mental health’ at the NSFT Board meeting in Bury St Edmunds lobbied by this campaign this month. Now, Gary Page again claims this isn’t a crisis but ‘unforeseen problems.’ However. front-line staff have been warning about these ‘unforeseen problems’ for more than a

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On the third day of Christmas… NSFT threatens rural services through low pay

My name is “Sarah”. I’m a band 3 community support worker. I love my job. But I can barely afford to come to work, and fear I may have to give up my job supporting service users in a predominantly rural area. I can’t see how anyone could afford to do the job that NSFT

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On the second day of Christmas, NSFT took away… all my support

Here is the story ‘T’ wanted to tell, ‘Discharged without my involvement’: I’d been doing really well, and felt on a level for some time. The paranoia and voices never really went away, but with help of my Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) I’d got back on my feet. After hospital I stayed in a hostel,

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EADT: Suffolk: Bosses claim mental health services are heading towards a “national crisis”

At first, according to Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), it was a radical improvement to services and certainly not cuts to the front-line. Then, said NSFT, it wasn’t a crisis. Then, as recently as last week, Gary Page said it was a ‘so-called crisis’. Now, NSFT acknowledges there is a crisis but it

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BBC News: Norfolk and Suffolk health trust bosses told ‘improve or resign’

The media is now picking up our campaign: Campaigners have called on the board of a health trust to take urgent action to avert a “serious crisis” or resign. The Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk sent an open letter to directors of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. It called

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NSFT Dementia Open Day at Hammerton Court, Norwich – but what happens if you live near King’s Lynn?

NSFT is giving away a free DVD entitled ‘Remember Me’ to attendees at its Hammerton Court open day on Friday 13 December 2013 in Norwich.  If a loved one from West Norfolk needs hospital care for dementia you’ll need a good memory to remember them unless you’ve got lots of money and perseverance now that

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Community Care: NSFT cuts CRHT budget by 7.1% and community teams by 6.4%

This year’s budget for community teams at NSFT is more than two million pounds lower than last year – a cut of 6.4% The NSFT community teams’ budget is being cut by £2,128,962 this year Staffing of community teams has been reduced by more than thirty already this year – with more ‘voluntary redundancy’ staff

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