Petition against mental health closures

Don’t close mental health wards.

To Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health

and to Beverly Humphreys, Chief exec GMW NHS Trust

We the undersigned are appalled at proposals to

* close a mental health ward at Bolton and at Salford with a total of 29 less beds.

* centralise all elderly mental health beds at Woodlands with a loss of 25 beds,

* and long term to centralise adult beds into one site.

We believe bed closures would be harmful for patients. Current occupancy rate in Bolton is 98%. The government believes 85% is a safe occupancy rate. Already we are 13% over-occupied. This would only get worse if beds closed. Patients and their families would have to travel miles. It would prolong recovery, reduce access to leave, reduce contact with family and friends.

The Con Dem government have cut NHS funding by 5% every year, whilst expecting Trusts to provide the same service. This is impossible.

We demand that money is returned to the NHS and that Greater Manchester West NHS Trust refuses to pass on these cuts and keeps a full, local service. Name Address email

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Please return to Union office, Prestwich hospital, Bury New Road, Manchester M25 3BL

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