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MPs meet Minister to discuss Henderson

July 10, 2008 3:56 PM

The Henderson Hospital campaign has cross party support as Liberal Democrat MPs Paul Burstow, Tom Brake and Norma Lamb met with Health Minster Ivan Lewis, Conservative Shadow for mental health Anne Milton and Labour MP Lynne Jones were unable to attend after the date of the meeting was re-arranged but both were eager to show their support for the pioneering mental health hospital which treats severe personality disorder. The meeting took place the same week as the National Commissioning Services Group are due to publish their report on the need of people with complex personality disorder.

Henderson provides intensive psychotherapy and sociotherapy in a democrat therapeutic community hospital setting. The service is currently temporarily closed but will re-open when there are enough referrals for the service to be clinically viable. Paul Burstow MP says "Let's be clear the temporary closure is not because of a lack of need but due to commissioning issues. We hope the report by the National Specialist Commissioning group will adequately address funding for residential treatment. Even if the report recommends that tier 4 services like Henderson are funded by regional commissioning groups there is a risk that groups can opt out of funding services."

Tom Brake MP says he welcomes Ivan Lewis' concluding comments that he is not opposed to Henderson and added we ant to ensure that this vulnerable group receive appropriate treatment, currently people are falling through the gap in service created by the commissioning issues or being referred to the private section where there may be no evaluation of the service provided. This is of grave concern to us."

The dialogue between the MPs and Minister will continue.

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