Health secretary vows to ‘get to bottom’ of mental health crisis in own backyardIvy Madziva
Health secretary Matt Hancock Picture: PA WIRE
Radical action is needed to tackle the crisis facing Suffolk’s mental health trust, the health secretary has said.
Health secretary Matt Hancock arriving in Downing Street Photo: PA / Stefan Rousseau
Matt Hancock also admitted the prospect of the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) facing a ‘failure regime’ cannot be ruled out.
In an interview with this newspaper, the West Suffolk MP vowed to “get to the bottom” of problems facing the organisation.
Patients are safe but access to care is not good enough, the cabinet minister warned – and questions remain over whether the future for mental health care in Suffolk is one separate from Norfolk.
“We need to take more radical action to make sure that in the future, people get better access to mental health services,” he said.
“There are two parts to this. The first is it’s reasonable to ask the question of whether trying to cover the whole of Norfolk and Suffolk with one trust is right.
“And secondly, lots of people are understandably asking why mental health services run completely separately from community services, hospitals and the rest of the NHS.”
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