Today at 2.15pm there was a protest not far from St Pancras station to defend NHS mental health services against cuts and privatisation.
Speaking at the demo, Shirley Franklin, chairwoman of the Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition, said that in an area of London that had one of the highest suicide rates in the country, mental health cutbacks could do untold harm. During a recession the need for mental health services increased and already people were staying too long on assessment wards because of a lack of spaces.
In the meantime staff are angry at what’s taking place and some are being forced to reapply for their jobs.
Mental health cuts are an attack on the most vulnerable in society and right now we need those services more than ever.
(The CNJ today also reports on threats to the pay and conditions of staff of the Camden and Islington Foundation Trust.)