This afternoon councillors, NHS officials, patients and voluntary groups are gathering at Manchester town hall to discuss the state of our city’s mental health services.
The one-off inquiry was ordered late last year , after it emerged Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust was on the brink of financial collapse – and planning £1.5m of frontline cuts.
We revealed the situation had got so bad it is now to be axed and taken over by another trust .
After years of complaints from staff and patients about mental health provision in the city, which has among the highest demand in the country, today’s inquiry will look in detail at what Manchester’s mental health system should really be providing.
It will look at the finances it needs, as well as hearing from patients about their own expectations.
Recommendations from today’s inquiry will feed back to NHS chiefs ahead of the trust’s takeover – with today also likely to provide an update on the timescale for that process.
We will be covering the session live here between 12.30pm and 4.30pm.