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Mental health ward closure 'rushed through', say unions

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Unions have accused Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership Trust and NHS Cambridgeshire of “rushing through by stealth” the closure of a mental health ward for older patients.

The mental health ward, which has 22 staff, will close on 20 November – though a public consultation on it does not end until 31 December.

Unite regional officer Ian Maidlow said the closure would mean a “huge upheaval for staff”, adding: “We have serious concerns over the approach by both trusts on the very serious matter of public consultation.”

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  • Utterly ridiculous, there is not enough wards and supported houses for younger people with mental health problems. what will happen when they get older? Still no one to care!

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  • we had our mental health ward closed some years ago and it was the worst thing they ever did. just in the past 3 months alone we have had 3 patients transferred to other areas in the vicinity because of their dangerous and erratic behaviour. the patients on the ward felt very vulnerable and on 2 of the occassions staff were threatened. too much paperwork to be filled out and time consuming. mental health is on the increase and there needs to be more wards available.

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