Depressed? Anxious? Who wouldn’t be when faced with frozen wages, job losses, benefit cuts, rocketing energy prices etc.? But don’t expect any help from the NHS or Salford Council, if planned cuts go through.
PUBLIC MEETING — Wednesday 22nd January
7.00 pm, Eccles Gateway Centre
28 Barton Lane, Eccles, M30 0TU
There will also be a demonstration against these proposals in Eccles on Saturday 29th March, details nearer the date.
Join us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/savementalhealthinsalford
Health bosses want to close a 23 bed ward at Salford’s Meadowbrook and another in Bolton. They want to shunt all the elderly patients together at Woodlands in Little Hulton.
This is after GMW Mental Health Trust have made 4% cuts in budget each year for the last three years, and still have £millions in reserves.
At the same time Salford Council want to sack the community care workers who help to keep people out of hospital!!!
Service users and trade unionists battled successfully for eighteen months to keep drop-in and group sessions and we won’t let this service simply disappear.
We can’t let the Trust or the Council get away with it. Come to the public meeting:
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Contact your MP:
Salford & Eccles — Hazel Blears on 0161 925 0705 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Worsley & Eccles South — Barbara Keeley on 0161 799 4159 or email form on website
Broughton — Graham Stringer on 0161 202 6600 or email: email@example.com
Contact your councillor:
Salford Council’s ‘health and well-being scrutiny committee’ could easily help stop these cuts by ‘calling in’ the proposals i.e. state that they damage the interests of Salford people. Write to the Chair:
Cllr. Val Burgoyne at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following are members of the committee – let them know what you feel, email / phone them, attend their surgeries etc.
Councillor Joe Dean Irlam
Councillor Adrian Brocklehurst Walkden North
Councillor Christine Hudson Cadishead
Councillor Jim King Broughton
Councillor Iain Lindley Walkden South
Councillor Matt Mold Irwell Riverside
Councillor Joe Murphy Claremont
Councillor Paul Wilson Weaste and Seedley
Councillor Ronnie Wilson Weaste and Seedley
If your own councillor is not here contact them anyway, their email addresses are available on the council website ‘Councillors by Ward’: http://www.salford.gov.uk/councillors-membward.htm
Lobby the council:
Join us at the lobby of the scrutiny com-mittee’s next meeting:
Weds. 5th February, 1.00 pm, at Swinton Civic Centre, Chorley Road, M27 5AW
Lobby the NHS management:
The GMW Mental Health Trust need to hear loud and clear that these cuts are unacceptable. Help us lobby their next meeting:
Monday 24th February, 9.00 am, Trust HQ, Prestwich Hospital, Bury New Road, Prestwich, M25 3BL
Contact the campaign:
If you need further information contact either of these numbers:
Paul Gerrard Salford against Cuts on 07999 951869
Stephen Cullen United Service Users Committee on 07564 855963