Union Fury at Mental Health Care 'Lottery' Unite Fears Cuts to Nursing and Psychology Staff

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Union Fury at Mental Health Care 'Lottery' Unite Fears Cuts to Nursing and Psychology Staff


Byline: Cara Simpson Health reporter cara.simpson@coventrytelegraph.net

A UNION leader has hit out at possible changes to mental health services in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Staff fear a shake-up could lead to the downgrading of staff and a ''postcode lottery'' for patients.

The trust running the area's mental health services is looking at a plan to remodel the way care is delivered but says no final decisions have been made.

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust announced its a fiveyear programme earlier this year saying it was being forced to make changes due to increasing demand, economic pressures and competition.

The planned changes include the introduction of a central booking system to make it easier for people to make an appointment and GPs and other professionals to contact trust services. Unite believes the changes could result in 20 fewer staff in the community mental health team with the downgrading of up to half the remaining staff.

Unite regional officer Frank Keogh said: "Currently the proposals will see a cut to both experienced nursing and psychology staff, who would be replaced by less experienced staff.

"These healthcare professionals care for some of the most vulnerable members of society. …

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