£700 million of government money once again diverts into the pockets of the private sector. 

 

As reported by Community Care, Virgin Care are set to run over 200 services across Bath and North East Somerset comprising social care for some of that region's most vulnerable adults, children's community health and continuing healthcare. SWAN stands in solidarity alongside service users, carers, social workers and social care workers in demanding that the government acknowledge that care for vulnerable people should not be an opportunity for profit, for business, for aggressive commercial expansion. The state has a duty to protect it's citizens and is best placed to provide well-funded consistent care. 

SWAN are in touch with Bath Against the Cuts for more information and will be releasing a longer statement soon. In the meantime, please contact Bath and North East Somerset NHS Clinical Commissioning Group to express your horror and ask how they expect to protect standards and working conditions:

  • St. Martins Hospital
    Clara Cross Lane
    Bath
    BA2 5RP
  • Phone: 01225 831800
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mental Health Charter: submission on inpatient adult psychiatric care

SWAN supporters will already be familiar with the SWAN endorsed Mental Health Charter which was launched in 2014. The Charter critiques the crisis in mental health services in the context of austerity and calls for an end to the cuts while proposing radical alternatives. Recently the Mental Health Charter responded to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Independent Commission into the state of Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Care as part of its call for evidence.

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