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PRESS RELEASE - All 50 mental health beds in the Harrogate area at risk due to NHS cuts.

October 23, 2017 12:16 PM
By Matt Walker

Matt Walker - HDFT

Mental Health Matter

The government's significant underfunding of Harrogate and District Rural Clinical Commissioning Group (HaRD CCG) has left local managers struggling to balance their books. There is now a £6.5 million black hole in local NHS finances. All 50 mental health (MH) beds could be a lost due to cuts.

Mental health patients will have to be in treated in York or Darlington, including patients with dementia.

Matt Walker, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Harrogate and Knaresborough commented: " This shows no care or compassion for sick patients and their families. It is an absolute disgrace that family members who need to visit will have to travel such distances. It goes against best clinical practice and NHS guidelines. Patients should be treated near to home to aid their recovery. Without the right care these patients will be a step closer to homelessness and suicide".

"The underfunding of the NHS by the government puts additional pressures on our police and busy A&E.

"Each year, 1 in 4 of us experiences a mental health (MH) issue. I know first hand that if you have a mental health condition you are at your most vulnerable, often unable to speak up for yourself.

"As the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson I am speaking up for these vulnerable patients and am determined to fight to protect our vital health services. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust (TEWV) who provide these services, are running a consultation that I have fully participated with. I am meeting with TEWV to look at possible solutions so that they can continue to build a state of the art facility inpatient facility at Beckwith Head Road. Services should also include crisis, outreach, early intervention, children and young people's services.

"If you would like to get involved and show your support as thousands have already done, please sign the petition that will be presented to HaRD CCG".


Matt Walker

Parliamentary Spokesperson

Harrogate & Knaresborough Liberal Democrats