MANCHESTER Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT) are axing some services due to funding cuts.

The trust has to make nearly £7million worth of cuts in 2015/2016 which is seven per cent of the annual income, when in recent years it has been five per cent of the annual income.

The trust is holding a public consultation until 21 February 2016 to seek the views of members of the public on the proposals to stop some services.

The services that will be affected are: Benchmark, The Chronic Fatigue Programme, Creative Wellbeing, Green Wellbeing, Individual Placement and Support Service, Psychosexual Service, Specialist Affective Disorder Service, Perinatal Liaison Role and the Station Road Community Rehabilitation.

A spokesperson from the trust says: “By stopping all of these services, the trust will be able to save £1.5million towards the total savings of nearly £7million.” Already, the MMHSCT has identified £4million worth of savings by “further reducing the number of people who work in corporate departments, reducing the number of manager posts and the amount spent on the estate.”

They added: “It was recommended that the trust and the City Commissioning Groups together hold a public consultation in order to gauge feedback. The consultation aims to gather feedback on all aspects of the proposed service retractions.”

Senior managers in the trust discussed which of the services were considered essential, meet the needs of people in acute mental health crisis, and provide assessment, treatment and support for the users with the most complex and disabling conditions.

The consultation document can be found on the website and gives information about the services being proposed for change, and why these have been identified. The trust would also like suggestions from the public on how they can reinvest the money into different services.

A spokesperson said the “the trust do not want to provide services of a lower standard, so we are left with no other option other than to consider the stopping of some of the services that we provide.”

As an NHS organisation they have to make savings every year, usually of five per cent of their annual income as part of the Cost Improvement Programme which means organisations are expected to become more efficient each year therefore, savings costs.

People affected by the recovery services and the chronic fatigue programme should already receive support from another trust and have a care coordinator. The engagement with these services is intended to be time-limited. It is expected that the majority of current service users will be supported to complete their programme of engagement before the services are no longer provided.

By Niamh Lewis

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