01 FEB 2019

Suffolk MP, Dr Dan Poulter, raises concerns about future of Mental Health Trust

Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, has today voiced his concern about potential plans to break up the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Mental Health Trust.

Speaking out just a week after a cross-party challenge to NHS Improvement, criticising a lack of action since the Trust's latest Special Measures rating, Dr Dan warned that "knee jerk reactions to what is happenin at the Trust could be very disruptive."

As someone who works part-time in mental health services in the NHS and who understands the day to day challenges faced, Dr Dan wrote to the Deputy Chief Inspector of the Care Quality Commission to express his concerns.  In his letter, copied to all MPs across Norfolk and Suffolk, Dr Dan states that "It is vitally important to understand and evaluate the scale of challenges facing the trust before making longer term recommendations about the future composition of mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk."

Dr Dan also warned that prior to its merger into the NSFT, Suffolk as a standalone mental health trust experienced "significant financial and patient care challenges".

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NHS 10-Year Plan (19 Feb 2019)
Daniel Poulter: The hon. Gentleman is right to highlight the Blair Government’s injection of cash into the NHS and the meaningful difference that that made to many patients’ lives. On the waiting-time targets, if we are serious about parity for mental health and physical health, we should reflect on the fact that historically there have not been access targets for mental health of anywhere near the same...

NHS 10-Year Plan (19 Feb 2019)
Daniel Poulter: The plan recognises that some proposals in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 were made in error when it comes to the transference of powers to public health bodies and local authorities. However, based on my reading of the plan, the omission from that list relates to addiction services. If we are serious about mental health and about improving care and reducing health inequalities in areas...