Category: Buckinghamshire

A petition and letters sent to county hall to save centres in Bourne End and Beaconsfield

From the Bucks Free Press. 8th September 2010

“MORE signatures and letters calling for the day centres in Beaconsfield and Bourne End to remain open were sent to county hall before the end of the public consultation on Monday.

Seeleys House in Beaconsfield and the Bourne End day centre are under consultation by Buckinghamshire County Council who intend to shut around 20 day centres and open four or five new ones.

The Friends of Seeleys House sent a petition with more than 1000 signatures calling for its day centre to stay open saying it should be developed not destroyed and to re-think the proposals.

Mrs Trevallion has a 36-year-old daughter called Anna who is severely learning disabled as a result of brain damage when she was ten months old who uses Seeleys House.

She said: “There is also insufficient information to be able to judge whether or not the proposals if carried out would be an improvement to the lives of the Seeleys House and other day centre users.”

The Bourne End day centre in Wakeman Road was built in the 1980s and residents raised £45,000 towards the cost.

Resident Peter Willingham said the the day centre “is fit for purpose” and should be “turned over to the community to run.”” ….

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Doctors Issue Warning on Mental Health Cuts.

From the Oxford Mail. 13th August 2010.

“TOP mental health consultants have voiced “grave concerns” about proposed cuts to mental health services in Oxfordshire in a letter leaked to the Oxford Mail.

About £5.3m worth of service cuts are being planned to hit Oxfordshire, which could result in a 19 per cent reduction in frontline and administration staff.

A document passed to the Oxford Mail showed the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health (OBMH) trust plans to make the savings by 2014.

It cares for around 14,000 Oxfordshire people with mental health conditions and many patients and families have spoken of their worry at the changes.

Now a letter sent anonymously, but signed on behalf of six key mental health consultants, has outlined serious worries about cuts to front line staff, home visits and risk to patient care.

It warned: “As a 19 per cent reduction in staff and a major reconfiguration of the service are both independently potential sources of risk to patient safety, patient outcomes and untreated morbidity we view these as substantial and controversial changes…..”

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Further links to articles about this story:

UNITE 14th July 2010

This is Oxfordshire 17th July 2010