Mental health service in Manchester plunged into crisis as NHS trust axed and vital services cut

Paul Reed, of the Manchester Users Network, said one reason occupational-type therapies are so important is that patients are continuously seen by staff while there.

He said he had never had such a response from patients over any issue.

Referring to Karen Reissmann, the MHSC nurse who was sacked four years ago after speaking out against cuts within the trust, he said: “She has been proved right.

“If this is approved, it is going to be terrible for people.”

Specialist Manchester hospitals chosen under ‘Healthier Together’ plans

Specialist Manchester hospitals chosen under ‘Healthier Together’ plans
Manchester Royal Infirmary, Salford Royal, Royal Oldham and Stepping Hill have been unanimously chosen as the four ‘specialist’ hospitals in Greater Manchester as part of the ‘Healthier Together’ hospital reconfiguration.
The four locations were amongst 10 regional hospitals in the running to become ‘super hospitals’.

Mental health spending cuts forecast

Mental health spending cuts forecast By Sophie Hutchinson Health correspondent From the section Health Mental health trusts in England are forecasting significant cuts to their funding over the next four years, figures seen by the BBC suggest. Data from three-quarters of trusts shows from 2014-15 to 2018-19 income is expected to fall by 8% in […]

Patients to be encouraged to ‘self manage’ mental health online

Patients to be encouraged to ‘self manage’ mental health online

CCGs and local authorities have invested £2.4 million in an online webtool for patients to ‘self manage’ their mental health.

The webtool, expected to launch in the autumn, will be commissioned led by NHS Tower Hamlets CCG, but will be available to patients in all of London. It has been jointly funded by all of the CCGs and the local authorities.

The tool, that will be available on both desktop and mobile platforms will give patients access to online information and support, while being monitored by mental health professionals.

It is designed to cut costs and reduce pressure on other services, CCG leaders said, as a recent report by the Greater London Authority revealed that poor mental health costs London a total of £26bn each year including health and social care to treat illness, benefits to support people living with mental ill health, costs to education services and the criminal justice system, and issues such as reduced productivity and quality of life.

Clegg: CCGs must increase mental health spending

CCGs are being urged by Government to ensure they boost spending on local mental health services, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has claimed.

Speaking at a King’s Fund event on mental health services, Mr Clegg said changes in the way mental health trusts are paid and the introduction of waiting times meant there would no longer be any excuse for mental health services to lose out because of local cuts, while NHS England was ‘asking’ CCGs to increase mental health spending.

Kesia Leatherbarrow inquest spotlights police handling of mental health case

Police officers’ treatment of a vulnerable 17-year-old who hanged herself after being held in custody for a whole weekend will come under scrutiny on Monday.

The inquest into the death of Kesia Leatherbarrow, who had a history of self-harm, is expected to highlight the service’s difficulties in dealing with people who have mental health problems.