Omission is a false economy

PUBLISHED: 08:49 05 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 24 May 2010

PEOPLE with severe mental health problems are getting a raw deal from the NHS in Weston. Annoyingly, the psychiatric crisis care team doesn't provide a service between 10pm and 7am, the very time when it is most needed. This absurd absence of treatment is

PEOPLE with severe mental health problems are getting a raw deal from the NHS in Weston.Annoyingly, the psychiatric crisis care team doesn't provide a service between 10pm and 7am, the very time when it is most needed. This absurd absence of treatment is due to financial reasons we are told.Yet huge sums of money have been spent on new health service buildings in recent years, such as the new resource centre at Locking Castle. This is a waste of taxpayers' money - the previous facilities were perfectly adequate.The omission of night-time care is a false economy. Many patients require expensive inpatient treatment at Weston hospital when their problems aren't nipped in the bud by the crisis team.Much income for the NHS will be generated by the sale of the community mental health premises at 25 Boulevard. As a service user representative on the local implementations team, I would urge this money is spent on providing 24-hour-a-day crisis care in Weston.ANDY PATTEN - Regent Street, Weston

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