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The mental health trust for Norfolk and Suffolk is being recommended to be placed in special measures after being rated inadequate.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust was “not a safe, effective or responsive service”, said the Care Quality Commission.
The report said there were also concerns about a lack of beds and “urgent action” was needed.
The trust said it would improve services and put patients first.
Tommy Whitelaw (front) with staff from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after his talk about dealing with dementia, which was part of his Tommy on Tour programme. At the front with Tommy is Lead Nurse for older people Alison Webb. Picture: Matthew Usher.
Former U2 and Kylie global merchandising operator embarks on a special tour to spread the word about dementia
Chris Bishop Tuesday, December 16, 2014
For years, he toured the globe with some of the biggest names in pop. Now he tours hospitals, spreading awareness about dementia.
Tommy Whitelaw ran the global merchandising operations for U2, the Spice Girls and Kylie until 2007, when his mum, Joan, was diagnosed with vascular dementia.
He was her carer for five years, until she died in September, 2012. Now Mr Whitelaw, from Glasgow, works on the Dementia Carers Voices project with the Health and Social Care Alliance.
Norfolk and Suffolk’s NHS mental health services merged in 2012 and must save about £40m over four years
Funding cuts in Norfolk and Suffolk show the government is failing to put mental and physical health on an equal footing, campaigners say.
Mainstream hospitals in the two counties have seen budgets rise by 15% since 2010, while mental health service funding has fallen by 3%.
The Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk said the cuts were “devastating”.