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Cambridge NHS Protest

Friday, March 14, 2014

GMB Joins Protest Tomorrow (15th March) In Cambridge Supporting Occupation Of Cambridge Mental Health Unit Facing Closure

It is shocking that 'Lifeworks', the Cambridge Complex Cases Service in Tenison Road, is facing closure at the end of March without any meaningful consultation says GMB.

GMB are calling on members and the public to support a demonstration in defence of NHS mental health services at the Cambridge Guildhall at 2pm on Saturday 15 March 2014.

Service users have entered the second week of occupation in defence of 'Lifeworks', the Cambridge Complex Cases Service in Tenison Road which faces closure at the end of March. The service is for those with complex mental health issues and its closure would leave many of its current users without the necessary support.

The demonstration is to support the brave service users occupying and fighting back to save this vital service.

Steve Sweeney, GMB Regional Organiser, said “Mental Health services in Cambridgeshire have been decimated over the years with a programme of closures seeing the loss of S4 acute adult inpatient services at Addenbrooke's Hospital, elderly mental health wards, day centres and rehabilitation services and Acer Ward at Hinchingbrooke Hospital among others. Recent news revealed that Mental Health Trusts are being asked to make 20% more cuts than in other areas and leading mental health charities have warned that lives are at risk as a result.

Campaigners are demanding meetings with key figures from the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, calling on them to reverse the decision to close the service. They state that GPs are reporting that they have not been consulted over the closure and say that if it goes ahead will put further strain on already stretched services leaving people vulnerable and isolated.

GMB is calling on members and the public to join the demonstration and support the brave service users occupying and fighting back to save this vital service. It always seems to be the most vulnerable that are taking the brunt of ideologically driven cuts and the Tory mantra that health professionals are at the centre of decision making within the NHS is exposed yet again for the nonsense that it is.

It is shocking that this service is facing closure at the end of March without any meaningful consultation. Serious concerns remain over yet more cuts to mental health services and we join the service users in their call for local health bosses to reverse the decision and think again. Their occupation in defence of their service is a example of people fighting back against financially driven cuts and they should be treated with the respect that they do not seem to have been shown so far."

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Contact: Steve Sweeney 07703 469403 or Warren Kenny on 07843 632394 or 0208 202 8272 or GMB press office 07921 289880

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