There are plans to cut £1.5m from mental health services in Manchester which are furiously debated by councillors. Asian Lite reports

depressionManchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust has planned the savings, which would affect 664 patients not considered to be at high risk.

Support for people suffering conditions including chronic fatigue, depression and sexual problems could be withdrawn, reports BBC news.

The cuts, which would also affect 29 staff, have been proposed as the trust tries to make savings of £6.9m.

Councillor Paul Andrews told BBC news mental health services had “long been a Cinderella service” and said it was “imperative that… it is treated equally with physical health services”.

Manchester City Council’s health scrutiny committee debated the plans and a final decision will be made by the trust at a board meeting on 26 November.

A report  prepared ahead of the meeting said the proposals “have not been taken lightly”.

But it said the cuts were “necessary” if the trust is to make progress to achieve a “balanced budget”.

It said the trust would reinvest £200,000 in an alternative service “with a focus on supporting individuals towards their recovery, achieving their personal goals and maintaining their own health and well-being.”

A public consultation would be held to gain views on how best to spend this money.

Some affected staff could be redeployed, the report said, but there would be “limited opportunities” for people who do not have a nursing or medical qualification.




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