This Might Cost Life of a Veteran; Anger as 25 Staff Are Axed at Post Traumatic Stress Centre

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), November 25, 2009 | Go to article overview

This Might Cost Life of a Veteran; Anger as 25 Staff Are Axed at Post Traumatic Stress Centre


Byline: OWEN HUGHES

A SPECIALIST centre set up to help returning troops suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has made 25 staff redundant due to a funding crisis.

Workers at the Pathways centre were told on Monday that money had run out after being forced to turn away eight clients when their health trusts refused to pay for treatment.

Staff at the centre warned that the failure to find funds for the vital service could cost a veteran his life.

The centre will now be shut by January unless money is found.

Operations director Carol Cooke said: "We called everyone in on Monday to tell them the news, they were all gutted.

"We had eight clients waiting for funding from their primary care trust and not a single one was funded, without this funding we cannot pay wages and cannot continue. Many of the staff had left other jobs to come and work here because of the work we do with veterans."

Former soldiers suffering with PTSD have already received vital support at the Pathways centre in Gwynedd since it opened three months ago. …

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