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Appeal To Save Cambridge NHS Unit

Friday, March 21, 2014

GMB In Last Ditch Appeal To NHS Chiefs To Save Occupied Cambridge Mental Health Unit Facing Closure On Tuesday 25th March

We call on the CCG and CPFT to stop the closure immediately and consult with service users, GPs and other relevant parties says GMB.

GMB has made last ditch call on NHS heads to save 'Lifeworks', the Cambridge Complex Cases Service in Tenison Road which faces closure on Tuesday 25th March. Service users are in their third week of occupation to oppose closure.

The service is used by those with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Personality Disorder (BP).Concerns have been raised over the loss of yet another vital mental health service and the failure to consult with service users, their families, GPs and unions.

GMB and Unite have written to both the Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT) calling on them to halt the planned closure of the Lifeworks service.

Steve Sweeney, GMB Regional Organiser, said "Yet again we are seeing an example of a major change which has an impact on people's lives moving full steam ahead without consultation or regard for the very people who will be affected.

Mental health services across the county have been decimated over recent years with the closure of inpatient wards, community and day centres and funding being slashed. The service users occupying Lifeworks are fearful of the loss of what they see as their lifeline and the failure to consult makes a total mockery of the Tory mantra of 'no decision about me without me.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with those taking a stand and fighting to save the service. We call on the CCG and CPFT to stop the closure immediately and consult with service users, GPs and other relevant parties."

Pilgrim Tucker, Unite the Union Community Coordinator, said "Unite is proud to represent Lifework’s service users. These people’s very survival is threatened through the proposed closure, and they are showing immense strength and spirit in leading the campaign to save this vital service. The service benefits the whole of the local community by helping the people who use it to lead productive and healthy lives. Our members across the region are strongly backing this campaign."

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Contact: Steve Sweeney 07703 469403 or Pilgrim Tucker 07970 126249 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289 880

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