MENTAL HEALTH: Keeping an eye on things in this changing world

PUBLISHED: 15:14 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 08:33 02 June 2010

TRADITIONALLY, services to those in rural areas have not been as far-reaching and accessible as they might be - this has never been more so than in Mental Health Services for East Cambridgeshire and Fenland. It has always been an area which has struggled

TRADITIONALLY, services to those in rural areas have not been as far-reaching and accessible as they might be - this has never been more so than in Mental Health Services for East Cambridgeshire and Fenland.

It has always been an area which has struggled with under-resourcing and its practical difficulties with transport - people have been vulnerable and cut-off.

It is the desire of both the Cambridgeshire PCT and the Mental Health Partnership Trust that this should change.

Bravo to that, but there remains the worry about where new staff will come from - not least to drive down waiting times for specialist help.

I shall certainly be keeping a very close eye over the coming year on the progress that is promised in the new brave new world.

CLLR GEOFF HEATHCOCK

Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet Member for

Health and Adult Social Care

Cambridgeshire County Council

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