Archive for October, 2010

From the Daily Post North Wales. 4th October 2010.


MORE than 100 placard-carrying protesters turned out yesterday in defence of local health services.

They fear a review of Alaw Ward in Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, could prompt a downgrading of services for local people.

But hospital chiefs insist there are no plans to close the ward, which specialises in treating cancer patients.

Among the protesters was campaigner Debbie Hughes, whose mother Lily Adams, 70, died after suffering from leukaemia in 2008. Her grandmother and aunt also died within weeks of each other, from cancer, that year.

In a double protest, she was joined by protestors campaigning to re-open Hafan Ward mental health ward in Ysbyty Bryn Beryl Hospital, Pwllheli, which was closed earlier this year…..


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From Lincolnshire Echo. 2nd October 2010.

CHARITIES face an uncertain future after bosses from Lincolnshire County Council said they are “examining all contracts”….


…..One organisation already dealt a blow is mental health charity Lincoln Mind, which will lose a contract worth just over £47,000 in March.

Service users at the city centre-based charity fear it will not be able to stay open.

Regular attendees say the charity acts as a meeting place for people with mental health issues and provides a range of support, information and activities.

Service user Amanda Rutter, 51, fears its benefits can’t be replicated. She said: “Mind has been a lifeline for me.

“It’s a place where I feel safe, where I can be myself and I’m able to admit I have mental health problems because it can be difficult to do that out in open society.”…..


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Published Date: 01 October 2010
By Richard Marsden
SHEFFIELD Council’s ruling Liberal Democrats have been criticised for failing to look at the authority’s huge £6 million expenses bill during the last round of cuts – and targeting children’s services instead.

The council slashed £6.5 million from this year’s budget in July, which included reducing spending on youth provision by £3.15 million.

Cuts fell on dozens of youth schemes, including £400,000 from the Connexions careers programme, leading to 95 job losses, £200,000 from the council’s teenage pregnancy project, and £180,000 from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health scheme….

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From the Rye and Battle Observer.

Blow for patients as beds set to go at Eastbourne DGH

Published Date: 01 October 2010
TWENTY inpatient psychiatric beds will close at Eastbourne DGH next year, despite concern from Eastbourne Borough Council.

The PCT says changes to mental health services were given the green light by East Sussex County Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) last week.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the local primary care trust say the bed closures will be accompanied by improvements to care in the community.

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Jeremy Dunning

Friday 01 October 2010 16:09

Government plans for closer working between health and social care could be damaged because of savage cuts to local council budgets, doctors’ leaders warned today.

In its response to the health White Paper, the British Medical Association warned that local authority funded care will be affected by budget cuts making it more difficult to commission integrated care pathways and services….

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