'Don't play politics with the NHS', says councillor as campaigners fight to stop closure of mental health wards

The Bolton News: Cllr Andy Morgan Cllr Andy Morgan

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to stop the closure of one of the town’s mental health wards should stop “playing politics” with the NHS, according to a Bolton councillor.

Members of Unison and the Bolton West Constituency Labour Party (CLP) led a petition-signing event in Victoria Square to protest against Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Trust’s (GMW) plans to shift services into patients’ homes.

Cllr Andy Morgan, who sits on Bolton Council’s health scrutiny committee, has hit back at campaigners, arguing that the redesign of services must go ahead if the NHS is to survive.

The trust, which covers Bolton, Salford and Trafford, is proposing to make £2.3 million a year savings by closing hospital wards.

If the proposals go ahead, patients will be looked after in their homes — with a 24/7 on-call service and three visits a day by clinicians, or they will be taken to Woodlands Hospital in Little Hulton.

Cllr Morgan said: “We should not be politicising this important issue.

“This is a clinically-led review and the results from the focus groups show that patients and their families want care in their own homes.

“This is about delivering the appropriate care in the most appropriate setting. There will still be beds available for patients with acute admissions and that’s what we should focus on.

“What is best for patients should not be used to fight a political battle.”

Calls were made to halt the consultation when health chiefs in Trafford backed out of the proposals due to local opposition.

Yet board members of Bolton NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) insisted on Friday they would still plough on with the proposals.

Protestors have argued that people in Bolton are not aware of the plans.

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6:18pm Mon 17 Mar 14

wsw69 says...

Ahh yes, Andy Morgan, what a waste of space and oxygen thief of the first degree. He's a bloody Tory and it's the Tories who have never wanted the NHS from the days of it's inception in 1948 by the then Labour government.

Every time the Tories get in power, the first thing they get their evil claws on is the NHS. Same in 1979 when that evil c 0 w Margaret Thatcher was the incumbent at Number 10. That woman hadn't a grain of humanity or compassion in her.

So the sooner Morgan shuts his Tory trap, the better.
Ahh yes, Andy Morgan, what a waste of space and oxygen thief of the first degree. He's a bloody Tory and it's the Tories who have never wanted the NHS from the days of it's inception in 1948 by the then Labour government. Every time the Tories get in power, the first thing they get their evil claws on is the NHS. Same in 1979 when that evil c 0 w Margaret Thatcher was the incumbent at Number 10. That woman hadn't a grain of humanity or compassion in her. So the sooner Morgan shuts his Tory trap, the better. wsw69
  • Score: 20

6:53pm Mon 17 Mar 14

wsw69 says...

And should Mr Andy Morgan, or Mrs Helen Morgan be reading this, then you need to update and conform to the UK's domain name registry rules regarding your domain name - morgancare.co.uk - in relation to your PRIVATE care home in the Deane area of Bolton. You can't even be open about the correct details.

Whois output
Domain name:
morgancare.co.uk

Registrant:
BAKEWELLS PRIVATE REST HOME

Registrant type:
Other UK Entity (e.g. clubs, associations, many universities)

Registrant's address:
FOR THE ELDERLY, 102
Unknown
BL3 4NE
United Kingdom
******* added by wsw69 - IT IS NOT UNKNOWN, it is Junction Road, Deane, Bolton ******

Registrar:
M247 Ltd
URL: http://www.m247.com

Relevant dates:
Registered on: 06-Jul-2001
Expiry date: 06-Jul-2015
Last updated: 16-Dec-2013

Registration status:
Registered until expiry date.

Name servers:
ns1.openhosts.com
ns2.openhosts.com

WHOIS lookup made at 18:44:30 17-Mar-2014
And should Mr Andy Morgan, or Mrs Helen Morgan be reading this, then you need to update and conform to the UK's domain name registry rules regarding your domain name - morgancare.co.uk - in relation to your PRIVATE care home in the Deane area of Bolton. You can't even be open about the correct details. Whois output Domain name: morgancare.co.uk Registrant: BAKEWELLS PRIVATE REST HOME Registrant type: Other UK Entity (e.g. clubs, associations, many universities) Registrant's address: FOR THE ELDERLY, 102 Unknown BL3 4NE United Kingdom ******* added by wsw69 - IT IS NOT UNKNOWN, it is Junction Road, Deane, Bolton ****** Registrar: M247 Ltd [Tag = M247LTD] URL: http://www.m247.com Relevant dates: Registered on: 06-Jul-2001 Expiry date: 06-Jul-2015 Last updated: 16-Dec-2013 Registration status: Registered until expiry date. Name servers: ns1.openhosts.com ns2.openhosts.com WHOIS lookup made at 18:44:30 17-Mar-2014 wsw69
  • Score: 10

8:34pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Joanna11 says...

"There will still be beds available for patients with acute admissions and that’s what we should focus on." says Andy Morgan.

Yes there will be beds left, but much less. Currently occupancy rate is 98% when the government, the NHS Trust, the Royal College of Psychiatrists - all say that it should only be 85% to provide safe care, available to those in crisis when they need it.

So Bolton mental health beds are already 13% over occupied. Patients will tell already of being admitted on a section and due to lack of beds in Bolton had to go to Darlington - miles away. People are already admitted to private beds at double the cost of NHS beds because of lack of NHS beds.

This will happen more often. People who need beds will be denied them. Don't believe it won't happen because it is happening all over England 1700 mental health beds have closed in the last 2 years.
Closing 54 more In Bolton and Salford will make this worse.

If standing up for patient and carer's rights and opposing these bed cuts makes me political, then I am proud to be political.
If not believing another reassurance that "it will all be alright, Trust us" when we know it won't, makes me political, again I am proud to be political.
"There will still be beds available for patients with acute admissions and that’s what we should focus on." says Andy Morgan. Yes there will be beds left, but much less. Currently occupancy rate is 98% when the government, the NHS Trust, the Royal College of Psychiatrists - all say that it should only be 85% to provide safe care, available to those in crisis when they need it. So Bolton mental health beds are already 13% over occupied. Patients will tell already of being admitted on a section and due to lack of beds in Bolton had to go to Darlington - miles away. People are already admitted to private beds at double the cost of NHS beds because of lack of NHS beds. This will happen more often. People who need beds will be denied them. Don't believe it won't happen because it is happening all over England 1700 mental health beds have closed in the last 2 years. Closing 54 more In Bolton and Salford will make this worse. If standing up for patient and carer's rights and opposing these bed cuts makes me political, then I am proud to be political. If not believing another reassurance that "it will all be alright, Trust us" when we know it won't, makes me political, again I am proud to be political. Joanna11
  • Score: 6

8:40pm Mon 17 Mar 14

wsw69 says...

Joanna11 wrote:
"There will still be beds available for patients with acute admissions and that’s what we should focus on." says Andy Morgan.

Yes there will be beds left, but much less. Currently occupancy rate is 98% when the government, the NHS Trust, the Royal College of Psychiatrists - all say that it should only be 85% to provide safe care, available to those in crisis when they need it.

So Bolton mental health beds are already 13% over occupied. Patients will tell already of being admitted on a section and due to lack of beds in Bolton had to go to Darlington - miles away. People are already admitted to private beds at double the cost of NHS beds because of lack of NHS beds.

This will happen more often. People who need beds will be denied them. Don't believe it won't happen because it is happening all over England 1700 mental health beds have closed in the last 2 years.
Closing 54 more In Bolton and Salford will make this worse.

If standing up for patient and carer's rights and opposing these bed cuts makes me political, then I am proud to be political.
If not believing another reassurance that "it will all be alright, Trust us" when we know it won't, makes me political, again I am proud to be political.
100% agree.
[quote][p][bold]Joanna11[/bold] wrote: "There will still be beds available for patients with acute admissions and that’s what we should focus on." says Andy Morgan. Yes there will be beds left, but much less. Currently occupancy rate is 98% when the government, the NHS Trust, the Royal College of Psychiatrists - all say that it should only be 85% to provide safe care, available to those in crisis when they need it. So Bolton mental health beds are already 13% over occupied. Patients will tell already of being admitted on a section and due to lack of beds in Bolton had to go to Darlington - miles away. People are already admitted to private beds at double the cost of NHS beds because of lack of NHS beds. This will happen more often. People who need beds will be denied them. Don't believe it won't happen because it is happening all over England 1700 mental health beds have closed in the last 2 years. Closing 54 more In Bolton and Salford will make this worse. If standing up for patient and carer's rights and opposing these bed cuts makes me political, then I am proud to be political. If not believing another reassurance that "it will all be alright, Trust us" when we know it won't, makes me political, again I am proud to be political.[/p][/quote]100% agree. wsw69
  • Score: 5

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