Commenting on the findings of the CQC review into mental healthcare in Cumbria, Sue Hayman:
“For some time now, I have been concerned about mental health services in Cumbria. I’ve had a number of constituents come to see me with their concerns not only about family members having to travel out of the county for mental health treatment, but also about the treatment that they have received locally. I was interested to see in the report the comments about the capacity of out of hours care, because that is in particular an area that has been brought to my attention regularly by constituents.
“It’s very disappointing that once again the Trust has received a ‘Requires Improvement’ rating. I know that options are being explored to increase staff training. Cumbria of course has particular problems with delivering health services because of our difficult geography, but this should mean that we receive additional resources – in terms of both money and staffing – from Government to overcome this.
“This is one of the reasons I recently wrote to the Prime Minister, following her comments that she accepts that we do have problems with mental healthcare in this country, and that we need to provide better services across the country. It is all very well that she acknowledges this, but I want to know what she is actually going to do to deliver on her promise and give us the resources we need in Cumbria deliver a first class health service for everyone.
“I am glad that the report does recognise the constantly high quality of care being delivered by staff, and patients greatly appreciate this. We mustn’t go out of our way to undermine those people who are going out of their way to provide the best services they can under difficult circumstances.”