Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Community United in Fight to Save Henderson Hospital

February 21, 2008 11:43 AM

Around 35 people attended the 'Save Henderson Hospital' lobby organised by Tom Brake MP and Paul Burstow MP in Westminster on Monday. Those attending included residents, ex-residents, staff, MPs, and other affected parties and health professionals.

Many residents and ex-residents spoke with great conviction about the huge contribution the Henderson has made to their recovery and to challenge the Government and the Health Trusts to find a mechanism for ensuring the long-term survival of the hospital.

Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam, said "The Henderson should not close because of a flawed commissioning model. The Government accept the need for specialised residential provision for people with personality disorder. Ministers cannot wash their hands of this - they set the rules and the rules are wrong."

Tom Brake remarked, "The threat to the Henderson is financial not clinical. Nothing the Mental Health Trust or the Minister - in our meeting and debate with him - have said so far has convinced me otherwise. It is a national service which should be funded nationally. If it is left to individual PCTs to fund, they will fail to do so because it is too complicated and requires too much joined-up thinking."

A current resident who also spoke at the lobby highlighted the conflict between clinical need and lack of funding in conjunction with a lack of local appropriate care: she has been at Henderson for 4 months and has recently been told by her original Community Mental Health Team that she will not receive funding to stay at Henderson for her full stay in spite of the fact that there are no Personality Disorder (PD) services where she lives.

What would you like to do next?

  • Subscribe for updates

    Read updates from this website in your desktop or online news reader

    • On a news reader website

      •  
      •  
      •  

      In a desktop news reader or a website not listed above

      •  
    • Example monthly digest email
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Join our email list

    • If you submit your contact details, Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Follow the party's activity on...

    • YouTube:
  • Share this page

    Share this page on another website

    Link to this page

    On websites and printed material:
    tombrake.co.uk/en/article/2008/071399/community-united-in-fight-to-save-henderson-hospital?display=Desktop
    In text messages, Twitter, or reading over the phone:
    tombrake.co.uk/a934J

    Email this page to a friend


    • Generate different image
  • Help out or donate

    Help out in your local area

      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image
  • Tell us what you think

    Send us your views

    If you are a resident of the Carshalton and Wallington constituency and are writing to discuss any issue that Parliament or government is responsible for, you must provide your home address as MPs are generally only permitted to act on behalf of constituents.

    If you are not a constituent, you do not need to provide your address, but the matters we can deal with are more limited and you may wish to contact your local MP in the first instance.

    • If you agree, Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image