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Pressure stepped up over mental health services

  • 19 May 2011

Theresa May is continuing to press Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust over their proposal to move mental health services for older people from St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead to Reading. Theresa will be meeting the Chair of the Trust, John Hedger, this week to discuss the proposal and to highlight the concerns of local residents.

At the meeting, Theresa will be emphasising the concerns of local residents and pressing the Trust to consider alternative proposals.

In addition, over 2,100 people have signed up to the Maidenhead Advertiser’s campaign to save Charles Ward at St Marks, which houses the mental health services. This strong response shows the level of concern that exists about the move.

Commenting, Theresa said: “It is great to hear that over 2,100 local residents have supported the Advertiser’s campaign to save Charles Ward. I would encourage more people to sign up to show the strength of feeling that exists in favour of services being kept at St Marks. I will be meeting the Chair of Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to discuss this personally with him, and to impress upon him the opposition that exists to their plan to move services to Reading. It is important that the Trust is aware of the drawbacks to this plan, and particularly how difficult it can be for older people and relatives to travel to Reading.”

Those wishing to express their support for the campaign can download and fill in the response form available on the Advertiser website