... Read­ers voice their feel­ings at the de­ci­sion

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE con­fir­ma­tion that the Mill­brook Unit will close has prompted a large re­ac­tion.

Although there will be men­tal health ser­vices re­main­ing in Mac­cles­field many peo­ple took to Face­book to ex­press their dis­ap­point­ment.

Here is a se­lec­tion of the com­ments that fol­lowed this week’s de­ci­sion by clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing groups:

Co­lette Jack­son said: “Why not re­view the num­bers of pa­per shuf­flers. Money wasted on ser­vice man­agers, man­agers, (and) deputy man­agers.”

James Bar­ber said: “Thanks to a bril­liant cam­paign, con­ces­sions were made.

“While these are wel­come, it’s a dis­grace that the unit it­self is clos­ing in a time when do many vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, young and old, des­per­ately need care.

“It’s a back­wards step to say the least.”

Philip Heath­cote said: “Just as peo­ple are re­ally open­ing up to men­tal health is­sues and start­ing to re­alise there should be no stigma at­tached to it they an­nounce a clo­sure.

“It’s hard enough get­ting peo­ple to open up to any prob­lems they may have but when they do it’d be good to know there is sup­port for them. Clos­ing the unit would be a huge, huge loss.”

He­len Broad­hurst said: “It’s ap­palling! You have the young Roy­als who are pub­licly try­ing to raise aware­ness of men­tal health and our unit shuts.

“There will be fam­i­lies de­stroyed as a con­se­quence of this, I hope it weighs heavy on the shoul­ders of those who made this de­ci­sion.”

Melanie But­son said: “How can men­tal health ser­vices im­prove if there is a re­duc­tion in ser­vices?

“There’s al­ready a months long wait­ing list that you only get on if you harm your­self. This will cause a loss of jobs as well as re­duce ser­vices for peo­ple who re­ally need ur­gent care.”

Jenni Hodgkin­son said: “At a loss to un­der­stand this de­ci­sion. I wit­ness daily peo­ple in the com­mu­nity that need this ser­vice.

“What I also want to know is what do they pro­pose to do with Mill­brook, just an­other fa­cil­ity go­ing to waste. This isn’t good enough!”

Carl Wain­wright said: “Doesn’t look like a vic­tory at all when you look at what ser­vices Lime Walk House al­ready pro­vides.

“Doesn’t seem like any­thing has re­ally been saved un­less they’re ex­tend­ing Lime Walk.”

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