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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.
Up to 50 mental health patients in Norfolk and Suffolk had to be sent to other parts of England last week because of a shortage of beds and a shortfall in funding.
In June Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt criticised the “unacceptable” distances Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) patients had to travel for beds.
The NSFT said the trust was committed to cutting the use of out-of-area beds.
It cut the number from 34 to six by September, but it has gone up to 50.