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Savethehendo - e-petition reply

Post  Karl on Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:45 pm

Savethehendo - e-petition reply
17 March 2008
We received a petition asking:
"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ensure that the Henderson Hospital remains open."
Details of Petition:
"The Henderson Hospital is a NHS mental health service celebrating its 60th year but instead of putting up the bunting and clebrating, there's every chance of the windows being boarded up for good. Last year there was a threat of closure, but with some modifications in the length of treatment ,and staff cuts, it was given a reprieve, but the situation is very different now. Numbers of people being referred have fallen due to the new complicated funding systems and the fact that some referrers simply can't afford or won't cover the cost of treatment. As the bed numbers fall, South West London Mental Health trust are now saying the service is unecomical.. what they forget is they are responsible for the complicated funding structure & other restrictive measures and seem to be almost destroying the service from within."
Read the petition
Petitions home page
Read the Government's response
The provision of services is a matter for local NHS organisations, and any reconfiguration decisions must be made in conjunction with the Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) which commission those services.
Ministers are concerned to see that there are modern effective services for people with severe personality disorders and complex mental health needs and are pleased to note that the National Specialised Commissioning Group (NSCG) is reviewing the extent of need nationally and will provide advice on the appropriate specialised services commissioning arrangements.

Decisions about the future of Henderson Hospital are a matter for local decision-making. Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in the catchment have made it clear to us that they will only fund individual admissions in 2008/9. In the absence of guaranteed income, the Board of South West London and St George's have decided to consult on the closure of Henderson Hospital.

Further to that aim, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is currently producing guidance on the most effective treatments for people with personality disorders. International evidence indicates that there is an ongoing need to trial and develop a wide range of innovations to better meet the needs of those with the most complex disorders. The Department is doing this through three different initiatives:
The Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder Programme, which is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health and the Health and Offender Partnerships Directorate, working in both prisons and high security hospitals with offenders who pose the greatest risk to the public;
The National Personality Disorder Programme, which is implementing the guidance Personality Disorder: No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion and the Personality Disorder Capability Framework. This programme is primarily focussed on developing services for those people with personality disorders who are not a risk to others but are more likely to pose a threat to themselves; and
The Social Exclusion Task Force, which has recently invested in a pilot programme in ten centres across the country to develop multi systemic therapy for children who are likely to develop a personality disorder in adulthood.
The research findings from these pilots will only become available over the next three to five years, but indications are that the range of models and organisational structures are already having a significant impact on the outcomes for service users. It is hoped that there will be a growth in these new services to provide local community based provision for people with personality disorders.
Further Information


Please click on the following link to access the webpage the above is taken from: http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page15056.asp


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Re: Savethehendo - e-petition reply

Post  Karl on Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:52 pm

I am not known for pulling punches and I'm not gonna start now. This is the same BS with a different spin. I long for the day that our country is lead by politicians that can be both honest and straight up. What is the point of having a place where the people of the UK can have their say, if no one is going to take a blind bit of notice.

Thank you Gordon Brown, what a wonderful country you are building for your children. Shame on you...

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