Borough needs a health champion
I READ the story about mental health care in the Gazette of March 9. As a mental health service user, I know there have been severe cuts to services run by CNWL. The Uxbridge centre was closed some time ago without proper consultation with users. People now have to travel to the Pembroke Centre in Ruislip or to Mead House in Hayes for consultations.
Also, cuts have led to the caseload for psychiatrists being increased significantly, so that a psychiatrist now has a caseload of well over 200 patients. I have been in Riverside psychiatric unit in Hillingdon Hospital. It felt unsafe and was a very frightening experience.
Politicians need to make the effort to visit there and talk to patients about the treatment patients are receiving. Too many politicians don’t have any mental health training or real understanding of the issues. Without this they can’t make good decisions about services.
The London Borough of Hillingdon could help by appointing a Mental Health champion as recommended by the recent Five Year Forward view on mental health produced for the Prime Minister.