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Does no one care what is happening to mental health services?

More than 40 mental health workers in Norfolk have been told they are being made redundant as part of a restructure of an NHS trust, it was announced today.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust said 41 members of staff, who work in Norwich and West Norfolk, had been issued with notices of redundancy following a consultation.

The mental health trust is planning to cut 502 out of 2,128 posts and 20pc of its inpatient beds by 2016 in order to balance its books.

Care in Japan

Artwork made by Japanese patients in care comes to London

Much of the work on show at Wellcome Collection, including an embroidered suit, was produced in therapy classes


An artwork by 17-year-old Japanese artist Norimitsu Kokubo, Shanghai Disneyland of the Future.

Works of art made of scraps of thread, off-cuts of paper, and cardboard boxes salvaged from a care home’s kitchen and carefully smoothed flat have gone on display at the Wellcome Collection in London, in the first exhibition in the UK of Japanese “outsider art”.

When curator Shamita Sharmacharja visited Japan to speak to the artists who made the works she found them slightly surprised that their work was considered art. To them it was just what they do, often in almost all their waking hours.

“In Japan, the concept of outsider art does not really exist,” she said. “It is something they are learning about from European interest in it.”

Outsider art was coined as a term to describe art created beyond mainstream culture, such as in mental health institutions, although it now more generally defines work made by artists without art school training and outside the market. In the Wellcome show all the work has been made in institutions or day care centres.

Patients in East Anglia will receive care in a “timely and effective manner”

East of England Ambulance Service creates new posts

Maria Ball Maria Ball had been in post since the the trust was formed

An under-fire ambulance service has announced is to create new managements posts, a day after its chairwoman resigned.

The East of England Ambulance Service failed to meet standards in care and welfare in a recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection.

Maria Ball resigned on Wednesday, after five years in post.

The ambulance service, which has been ordered to improve, said it would create three new sector leads.

It means the work of the ambulance service in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire will be managed separately to Norfolk and Suffolk, and Essex.

A spokesman said powers were being devolved to a local level, with sector leads and general managers, to “ensure that staff are empowered to make changes that are needed locally”.

Last week’s CQC report came after months of complaints about response times.