Marching to Stop Cuts to Mental Health Services

Rebecca Jones, QMUL

QMedia just spoke to Patricia Beths, a mental health carer from East London. Patricia, who has a son with severe learning difficulties and mental health problems says she is marching as she is “sick of the immediate cuts to NHS mental health services.” Patricia has described how patients are forced to share one minibus between 60, and how the reduction in specialist units has led to an over-burdening of larger units. Patricia claims that this drastically reduces the level of care patients receive, like her son, whose condition was made infinitely worse by being sent to Hackney Mental Health Hospital instead of a specialist unit. Patricia has said she would like to see better choices in NHS and input from ground workers like herself taken into account. She would also like to see specialist units reopened, as she does not believe, as the goverment and NHS officials claim, that demand does not warrant them.

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