Mental health services in Stockport face a cut in funding of 25% in plans due to be implemented from April by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.
There are concerns that the service is already stretched, and that a cut of one-quarter will mean that people’s needs are not met.
Mental health services are hugely important to the quality of life of hundreds of people in Stockport and their families. One patient remarked:
“Access to this service enables me to hold down a job and participate in family life which I feel would deteriorate without the support of my nurse and the team.”
Service users, relatives and staff will be attending a public meeting organised by UNISON, to launch a campaign against the cuts to frontline services.
The Public Meeting takes place in Stockport Town Hall on Thursday 6 March at 7pm. Speakers include Andrew Gwynne MP (Shadow Health Minister), Paul Foley (Head of Health, UNISON North West), Angela Rayner (Stockport UNISON Branch Secretary) and staff and service users from Stockport.
Wendy Allison, UNISON North West Regional Organiser said:
“The level of financial cuts will be a real concern to people in Stockport. Our members are already struggling to meet the demand on mental health services. It is hard to imagine how the service could possibly function with 25% of its funding removed.”
“We are seeing here an attempt to cut core NHS services due to funding pressures. It is not fair or necessary for this essential provision to be removed.”