Mental health bed cuts in Norfolk and Suffolk criticised

  • A campaign group has criticised plans that cut 20 Norfolk and Suffolk mental health beds along with a suite to assess if people need to be detained. /images/mentalhealth.jpg

    The local clinical commissioning group (CCG) plans are being scrutinised by Norfolk county councillors. The Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Suffolk and Norfolk said the beds and the suite in Carlton Court in Lowestoft were vital to keep, reports the BBC.

    A report to the Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee has said that cuts were being looked at as part of the Trust's need to save 20% over four years.

    Since, the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been criticised as it had been revealed that some patients had been sent up to 200miles away for a bed in a mental health unit.

    As well as reducing the number of mental health beds, the CGG ae also planning to cut twelve dementia assessment beds and a suite which assesses whether patients should be sectioned.

    A spokesman for the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Suffolk and Norfolk said: "The campaign is very concerned about the loss of the 136 suite which provides a vital place of safety for people who are some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. With regards to the reduction in mental health beds, everybody except the CCGs acknowledge there are not enough beds in Norfolk and Suffolk. All too often health professionals are finding there are no beds available."

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