Natasha Wise, 22, had faced an 18-month battle to get counselling for depression
BY: SAM YARWOOD Friends of a young woman who fell from a bridge and died after being ‘failed’ by mental health services have created a mural in her memory. Natasha Wise was found dead at the foot of a bridge over the Fallowfield Loop in Whalley Range on Tuesday, just hours after celebrating her 22nd […]
Mental health services, which are already struggling under the strain of demand, historically inadequate funding and incompetent commissioning decisions, will not achieve parity at least in my life time. And the problem might get even worse before it gets better.
OPINION BY DR KAILASH CHAND On almost every measure, the NHS in Greater Manchester is in a worse position than this time last year. And as we enter winter, this spells bad news. Last winter was the worst for a generation with A&E waits hitting their highest levels since targets were introduced in […]
Trust chiefs were grilled at a public meeting over shock plans to axe £1.5m in frontline services 9 th December. 2015 BY: JENNIFER WILLIAMS Manchester’s mental health trust bosses have faced the wrath of patients and trade unions at a stormy meeting on £1.5m in ‘cruel’ cuts to frontline services. Health chiefs were accused of […]
A shadow minister has called for health secretary Jeremy Hunt to ‘urgently’ intervene over the crisis facing Manchester’s mental health services. Andrew Gwynne was speaking after the M.E.N. revealed £1.5m in frontline services are to be axed after the city’s mental health trust declared itself ‘no longer viable’.
Bosses at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust say they have temporarily closed Cedar Ward at North Manchester General Hospital and have now moved the beds across town to Wythenshawe Hospital.
They say the decision was taken to address ‘staffing pressures’ on the ward, which treats elderly men for conditions including dementia.
The ward’s closure means the trust’s Park House facility at North Manchester has lost 20 beds.
The number of mental health patients held in police cells in Greater Manchester has plunged in just 12 months.
NHS figures show that fewer than five people experiencing a mental health crisis were held at the region’s police stations in 2013/14 compared with more than 200 in 2012/13.
It follows a major push by police, mental health chiefs and local councils to ensure that people in crisis are given better access to the right care.