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The Socialist 18 August 2010

Action now to defeat cuts!

The Socialist issue 635

Action now to defeat cuts!


Pakistan: Workers' solidarity urgently needed

Floods in Pakistan bring devastation - poor suffer most


Youth must fight for a future!

Student demo should be start of the fightback

No to advice service cuts

Decent pay for interns

Uni bosses say cuts will cause closures


Forecasts of fragile economic growth


Cameron sticks the boot into our council housing

Private-profit company granted 'snoopers' charter'

Private Finance Initiative: A licence to print money


Coventry Against the Cuts challenge councillors' 'legal obligation'

Northern Ireland: Belfast Stop the Cuts Alliance established

Bromley care workers fight privatisation and job cuts

Defend Our Community Services launched in Bracknell

Cuts devastate mental health services


The legacy of Leon Trotsky


Kirklees Unison strike ballot launched

CWU members accept BT pay deal

Debate how to fight back at Socialism 2010

Tube staff vote for action against cuts

Jobs under threat at Ministry of Justice

Airport workers win improved offer from BAA

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party summer camp - book now!


Russia's raging wildfires - a crisis of government policies


Bradford must organise against the EDL

Birmingham: Community says 'No' to racist spy cameras

 
 

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Cuts devastate mental health services

Community mental health care bosses in Southwark, south London, aim to save 3.7 million in two years. They have explicitly stated that they are moving away from providing sustained, long term community support by handing responsibility to patients, who may not be ready or able to manage their own care.

Community teams across Southwark currently support 2,800 patients but are now expected to rapidly discharge 500 to 800 clients. All agency posts are to be cut, which will result in workloads increasing.

Smaller teams of six workers are planned, made up of three 'band six' and three 'band five' workers. However, most of the existing nursing posts are in band six, whose experience and training are of paramount importance when supporting people with severe and enduring illness within their communities. This means almost half of the workers will be demoted and suffer pay cuts of between 5,000 and 10,000 a year, depending on length of service.

The demotions will lead to demoralisation amongst frontline, very experienced staff who are effectively being driven out, reducing the amount of experience, skill and training in the workforce.

Patient admission stays are also to be cut, meaning patients will be briefly, and possibly more frequently, locked up, drugged up and then discharged with very short term, patchy support. GPs will be expected to care for chronically disabled people and they will not have the skills, time or desire to fill the gaps in mental health service provision.

If patients are not adequately supported then both patients and communities will be left exposed to increased rates of violent incidents, self harm, suicide, severe neglect, substance abuse and homelessness.

A mental health worker

In this issue

Action now to defeat cuts!


International socialist news

Pakistan: Workers' solidarity urgently needed

Floods in Pakistan bring devastation - poor suffer most


Socialist Party youth and students

Youth must fight for a future!

Student demo should be start of the fightback

No to advice service cuts

Decent pay for interns

Uni bosses say cuts will cause closures


Socialist Party editorial

Forecasts of fragile economic growth


Socialist Party news and analysis

Cameron sticks the boot into our council housing

Private-profit company granted 'snoopers' charter'

Private Finance Initiative: A licence to print money


Socialist Party campaigns

Coventry Against the Cuts challenge councillors' 'legal obligation'

Northern Ireland: Belfast Stop the Cuts Alliance established

Bromley care workers fight privatisation and job cuts

Defend Our Community Services launched in Bracknell

Cuts devastate mental health services


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

The legacy of Leon Trotsky


Socialist Party workplace news

Kirklees Unison strike ballot launched

CWU members accept BT pay deal

Debate how to fight back at Socialism 2010

Tube staff vote for action against cuts

Jobs under threat at Ministry of Justice

Airport workers win improved offer from BAA

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party events

Socialist Party summer camp - book now!


International socialist news and analysis

Russia's raging wildfires - a crisis of government policies


Socialist Party news and comment

Bradford must organise against the EDL

Birmingham: Community says 'No' to racist spy cameras


 

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