General Election 2017: Questions for Chloe Smith, Conservatives, Norwich North


You’ve claimed to be interested in mental health.

Here are some questions for you about mental health in Norwich:

Do you agree that it is a scandal that the age-adjusted three-year-rolling suicide rate, as published by the Office of National Statistics, rose by a staggering 33 per cent in Norwich between 2010-12 and 2013-15 while you were a member of the Government and the Conservative MP for Norwich North? The increase in Norwich is FIVE TIMES the average rise of 6.3 per cent in England over the same period.

What did you do to stop the cuts and chaos at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT)?

Why haven’t the lessons been learnt from the Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) into the death of your constituent, Neil Jewell?

Why does Norwich still not have enough mental health beds?

Why is NSFT planning to discharge mental health patients from Norwich into B&Bs?

What did you do to stop highly trained and experienced front line mental health staff losing their jobs?

What did you do to stop bed closures twice as high as the national average?

Why isn’t there the money to open half of the brand-new mental health beds for young people in Norfolk that have never been used?

What did you do to stop young, working-age and older people being transported across the country in times of crisis?

What did you do to stop bosses at the CCGs and NSFT paying themselves more and more as they cut mental health services?

What did you do to stop the CCGs your government created diverting money away from mental health?

Why did the government of which you were a member let this scandal happen?

Why didn’t you act to protect the lives of some of the most in need in your constituency?

Will you support our call for a public inquiry into this scandal?

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