“Last Christmas we had an NHS And the very next year We gave it away…”

Good Sir Richard Leese went out On the feast of Stephen When the snow lay round about Deep and crisp and even

“Last Christmas we had an NHS And the very next year We gave it away…”

CARDS, CAROLS AND ELVES TO SAVE GREATER MANCHESTER NHS   Last Christmas we had an NHS And the very next year We gave it away…and sometimes to no-one special…’   Save the NHS campaigners were out at the Albert Square Christmas Market in Manchester today, singing festive songs and carols with suitably changed lyrics, much […]

NHSI approves Greater Manchester mental health merger

NHSI approves Greater Manchester mental health merger

  NHS Improvement (NHSI) has now approved the proposed merger between the financially struggling Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT) and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS FT (GMWMHFT), with the merger to take effect in the New Year. The pair will join together to form a new single trust, Greater Manchester Mental […]

Szasz argued that mental illnesses are not real in the sense that cancers are real

Szasz argued that mental illnesses are not real in the sense that cancers are real

Thomas Szasz: Does mental illness exist? A conversation with Thomas Szasz. Filmed at the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health where he discusses ‘does mental illness exist? “If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.”–Thomas S. Szasz. Wednesday 10 Th September, 2014 Thomas S. Szasz received […]

Hopes to bring mental health care closer to home

Hopes to bring mental health care closer to home

PLANS are being developed to allow people with mental health issues to be cared for in Bolton instead of being placed as far away as Birmingham. The town could be home to a ‘locked’ rehabilitation unit after proposals were put before the Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) last week. Barry Silvert, clinical director of commissioning, […]

What people are saying about Manchester’s £1.5m mental health cuts

Here’s what patients, trade unionists, politicians, commissioners and mental health workers are saying about yesterday’s decision

What people are saying about Manchester’s £1.5m mental health cuts

When revealed the plans back in October they prompted a public outcry. But despite a public consultation finding people massively against the move – and warnings that it will cost lives – the trust has pushed ahead with the cut, arguing it doesn’t have enough money to balance its books otherwise. Patients, trade unions, politicians […]

Why Manchester’s mental health cuts are an absolute disgrace

The city's mental health trust is expected to axe £1.5m in services this morning. Here's why all of us should be outraged

Why Manchester’s mental health cuts are an absolute disgrace

 BY: Jennifer Williams When cuts have gone on this long, there is a danger they can start to look a bit samey, to barely pass as news. A million from this service. Two million from that. This council has shrunk by this percent. This other public body is about to fall over. But there are […]

Nick Clegg: We’ve made progress on mental health but there’s still work to do

It’s time for proper training for GPs and teachers, a new funding model and nationwide awareness of the issue

Nick Clegg: We’ve made progress on mental health but there’s still work to do

BY: NICK CLEGG Royal touch: the Duchess of Cambridge meets headteachers in Scotland to discuss mental health in schools Andrew Milligan – WPA Pool/Getty Images   Eight years ago, when I became leader of the Liberal Democrats, I used one of my first opportunities at Prime Minister’s Questions to ask Gordon Brown about mental health services. The […]

Manchester City Councils Joint Health Scrutiny Committee Public Meeting 9 Th Dec.

Manchester City Councils Joint Health Scrutiny Committee  Public Meeting 9 Th Dec.

Public Meeting Prior to the meeting of Manchester City Councils Joint Scrutiny Committee. Manchester User’s Network {MUN} will gather on Wednesday 9th Dec to protest and to lobby council on behalf of the Services Users organisation ; which supports users and ex-users of psychiatric services in Manchester and provide a forum for users to have […]

Mental health early deaths ‘worrying in one in four areas’

Nearly one in four areas of England has unacceptably high rates of early deaths among people with mental health problems, a report suggests.
The warning by independent experts funded by the Cabinet Office came after they looked at deaths before 75 in 2011-12 in more than 200 local areas.

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’.

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