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Clive Lewis joins mental health campaigners walking from Ipswich to Norwich to protest against mental health cuts

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A group of mental health campaigners, including staff and people who use services, have walked from the office of Ipswich MP Ben Gummer to the office of Norwich MP Simon wright. 

 

The cuts have led to chronic bed shortages, with patients forced to travel hundreds of miles for treatment, with unacceptable delays for assessment and treatment.

This is the reality for people in Suffolk and Norfolk experiencing a psychiatric emergency.

 

Commenting on walking 42 miles between Norwich - Ipswich along with other mental health campaigners, Norwich South Labour PPC, Clive Lewis said:

 

"This was a fantastic team effort that had campaigners from Norfolk and Suffolk and across the political divide pulling together to achieve something special.

 

What I also found touching was the support from so many members of the public along the way. So many had a story to tell us relating to mental health. Some spoke of how the service had helped them or members of their family. Others of how it had deteriorated as of late. But all spoke of their admiration for its staff.

 

Ultimately the sad irony about the Coalition cuts to our mental health service is that they're a false economy. The more patients that cannot receive the timely treatment they need means more pressure and cost for other public services further down the line. 

 

Knowing this it becomes clear these cuts are not entirely about saving money. They're as much about undermining and destroying our public services, including the NHS."

More information and pictures can be found at:

 

http://norfolksuffolkmentalhealthcrisis.org.uk

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