Labour Councillors are deeply concerned with the damning findings of the Care Quality Commission report into mental health services in Suffolk, which labels them ‘inadequate’.
Ten service areas delivered by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) have been reviewed with the very distressing news that many of the areas are underperforming and not giving patients the best possible service.
The CQC report comes after long-running concerns have been expressed by the Labour Group and users of the services about the quality of the NSFT. Questions about the quality of service have been asked at the County Council meetings by members of the public and Labour Councillors, but the response from the Conservative administration has consistently been that cuts to funding are not affecting care quality. This report shows just how wrong they have been.
Opposition Spokesperson for Health and Adult Care Sarah Adams said; “This report is a huge blow for NSFT More importantly it is a vindication of the many service users who have raised complaints. The sad thing is that it has taken so long for the CQC to investigate the complaints of users, but now it has, the findings are damning. I hope swift and decisive action will be taken to improve services and I will be calling on the Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee to investigate what has gone wrong and ensure lessons learned are acted upon.
She added; “Whilst this Government tried to impose a top-down reorganisation that no one wanted, services for patients have deteriorated. Mental health services have always been the poor relation to physical health services and any future Labour government would work to ensure there is parity between the two”.