A couple of weeks ago Jim Mortram kindly let us take over his twitter feed for a week. The posts tell a story about our campaign so we thought we would collate them into one piece. See below:
Thanks to @JAMortram for inviting us, @NSFTcrisis, to take-over his tweets this week. We will tell our campaign story (why we exist, our concerns, and what we want) with a different theme each day. See our website for more information www.norfolksuffolkmentalhealthcrisis.org.uk
Who are @NSFTcrisis ? Our campaign was founded in 2013 by staff, service-users and carers concerned about cuts to mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk. See 2013 article https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/mental-health-campaign-reaches-almost-1-000-supporters-615362
Since @NSFTcrisis was formed things have got worse at @NSFTtweets. Founder member @TCemma is fed up of giving the same speech for nearly a decade! Here she is at a recent march for Mental health https://vimeo.com/759894932
A family member tells us why she is still campaigning for @NSFTcrisis and why @NSFTtweets have failed her family https://vimeo.com/761480219
A founder member of @NSFTcrisis was the late Terry O’Shea. He kept @NSFTtweets on their toes with his acerbic challenges. He gave his all to our campaign: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/obituaries/tributes-paid-norfolk-mental-health-campaigner-terry-oshea-7923678
Campaigners from @NSFTcrisis have raised over and again the bed shortage and the misery created by out-of-area bed placements by @NSFTtweets Our Chair, Mark Harrison, explains the problem: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-62824269
Our campaign @NSFTcrisis exists because our community deserves safe, effective, and compassionate mental health services. Too many have lost their lives and something needs to change: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/1000-patients-died-needlessly-due-27029029
Our @JAMortram take-over @NSFTcrisis theme today is the way @NSFTtweets go from failure to failure. The leadership is a big part of the problem. Here we explain why the CEOs are failing:
In 2015 @NSFTtweets was the first trust in the country to be placed in ‘special measures’ by the CQC. In 2022 they were rated ‘inadequate’ for the 4th time. @NSFTcrisis want NSFT disbanded: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/nsft-doctors-letter-reaction-calls-to-disband-9202684
We have marched several times over the last decade to protest about unsafe mental health services. Hundreds have attended these. @NSFTcrisis demands action now: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/crowds-gather-in-norwich-city-centre-to-join-march-for-1021028
At @NSFTcrisis we tackle serious issues head on and are not afraid to challenge @NSFTtweets or the wider system. Sometimes we cannot resist having some fun with a cheeky meme.
Over the years campaigners have taken our protest to Parliament. In July @NSFTcrisis met with our regions MPs to share our concerns about @NSFTtweets: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-62052003?at_medium=RSS&at_campaign=KARANGA
In today’s take-over of @JAMortram’s twitter, @NSFTcrisis focus on those let down by mental health services. Our campaign has supported hundreds of service-users, staff, carers and bereaved relatives since our inception. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-61237298
This 2016 article by @JAMortram about Tilney1 (who has schizophrenia) and Terry Skyrme (a @NSFTcrisis campaigner) illustrates the problems at @NSFTtweets: https://smalltowninertia.co.uk/market-town-tilney1-watching-a-plane-fall-from-the-sky-aflame/
At @NSFTcrisis we are concerned about the people abandoned by @NSFTtweets and mental health services. Some of whom sadly die. Like Nicola and Christopher Long: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/costessey-brother-and-sister-inquest-concludes-9212056
Vulnerable people are being transported by @NSFTtweets to out of area beds. Some like Neil Jewell or Peggy Copeman never come back. @NSFTcrisis is fighting for this to stop: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-57342894
Parents send children to uni in Norfolk and Suffolk. Services here are so bad that some never go home. Like Tobi Stevens and Theo Brennan-Hulme who asked for help from @NSFTtweets but ignored. https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/mum-of-theo-brennan-hulme-tribute-to-son-8717126
Too many people have died on @NSFTtweets wards in repeated mistakes. Our @NSFTcrisis campaigners have repeatedly raised concerns about the way coroners do not hold the trust to account. Lewis Begley was one example of a preventable death: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/lewis-begley-inquest-neglect-conclusion-9269708
Today in our @NSFTcrisis take-over of @JAMortram’s account we focus on the LostLivesNSFT We believes that @NSFTtweets has lost count of how many of their patients have died. We think it’s in excess of 2,500 since our inception.
.@NSFTcrisis placed hearts at @NSFTtweets sites in memory of those who lost their lives. https://norfolksuffolkmentalhealthcrisis.org.uk/lost-lives-nsft-campaigners-remember-the-people-who-have-died-because-of-failings-in-mental-health-services-in-norfolk-and-suffolk/
Coroners have repeatedly criticised @NSFTtweets over deaths. They have even falsified records. At @NSFTcrisis we are committed to holding those responsible to account:
Young people, like Mary Bush aged 15, have died waiting for help from @NSFTtweets. At @NSFTcrisis our campaigners care about each of these losses.
At @NSFTcrisis we are fed up of waiting for things to improve. We want to see @NHSEngland, the CQC and commissioners take action now to prevent more deaths at @NSFTtweets.
The damage done by endless @NSFTtweets waiting list is incalculable. @NSFTcrisis want waiting lists to be better managed. In this video young people explain how it has impacted them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyWYqwvob4k
At @NSFTcrisis we think @NSFTtweets have been ‘getting away with it’ for too long. Something must change. https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/nsft-dementia-patient-coverage-gloat-1499950
One of our @NSFTcrisis campaigners has written about her son’s death. He Died Waiting. In this article @David_Powles talks to her about why she campaigns and @NSFTtweets; https://www.thenorwichseeker.co.uk/mental-health-services-in-norwich-have-a-terrible-track-record-this-campaigner-is-trying-to-change-that/
Our @NSFTcrisis campaigners carry on fighting for safe and effective mental health services. Some of us have contributed to @waiting_he and @TCemma forthcoming book They Died Waiting which is out soon.
We would like to thank @JAMortram for allowing @NSFTcrisis the opportunity to take-over his twitter this week. Please support our campaign.