Redruth mental health unit reopening delay 'dire consequences of NHS privatisation' says MP

Redruth mental health unit reopening delay 'dire consequences of NHS privatisation' says MP

Redruth mental health unit reopening delay 'dire consequences of NHS privatisation' says MP

First published in News

The news that a Redruth metal health unit will not reopen until at least November has been called a "dire consequence" of NHS privatisation by West Cornwall MP Andrew George.

Mr George, a member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee said: “Here we have yet another example of where the profit motive of private companies conflicts with the patient interests in the NHS.

“Longreach was developed under a private finance initiative supported by the then Labour Government in 2003. The prolonged closure is but further evidence that we should never put profit before patient interests.

“I will urge Government Ministers to learn from this kind of case, so that we never again engage in the expensive folly of PFI projects for core public services.

“Meanwhile, many severely mentally ill will be forced to travel hundreds of miles away from their family and friends who would otherwise be able to visit them if they had been offered an inpatient bed at Longreach.”

The mental health unit was closed in May after it was found there was no fireproofing in its roof space. The reduction in beds means 44 patients are currently being treated outside of Cornwall.

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8:24am Thu 14 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

The current government obviously have learnt nothing from this as they are still chipping away at the NHS services. Despite all the wonderful work MP Andrew George is doing, evident by his continued appearance in the Packet virtually every week now in the run up to elections, he still will not get my and several others votes, unless he obtains a 3G mobile signal for Mullion, this could be possible via the Vodafone offer that needs ones local MP to work with communities to get it. I have currently received no reply from my email to him on the subject, and the Vodafone offer is only until the end of October.

I think it is appalling that Longreach has not been reopened, any NHS service that is allowed to be privatised should have an obligation to remain open or else the government should ensure it is taken back over and run by the NHS with adequate funding supplied.
Perhaps if they started charging for hospital treatment for 'Saturday night' drunks, they may save some money.
The current government obviously have learnt nothing from this as they are still chipping away at the NHS services. Despite all the wonderful work MP Andrew George is doing, evident by his continued appearance in the Packet virtually every week now in the run up to elections, he still will not get my and several others votes, unless he obtains a 3G mobile signal for Mullion, this could be possible via the Vodafone offer that needs ones local MP to work with communities to get it. I have currently received no reply from my email to him on the subject, and the Vodafone offer is only until the end of October. I think it is appalling that Longreach has not been reopened, any NHS service that is allowed to be privatised should have an obligation to remain open or else the government should ensure it is taken back over and run by the NHS with adequate funding supplied. Perhaps if they started charging for hospital treatment for 'Saturday night' drunks, they may save some money. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 2

11:12am Thu 14 Aug 14

Helston John says...

Oh so Andrew George hasn't replied to your email yet then Gill, now you know why I complain that Cllr Wallis doesn't reply to mine, they are both useless and ignorant.
This government just wants to privatise everything so it will be the poor that lose out and the rich that survive, alright for the government ministers they are all millionaires.
Oh so Andrew George hasn't replied to your email yet then Gill, now you know why I complain that Cllr Wallis doesn't reply to mine, they are both useless and ignorant. This government just wants to privatise everything so it will be the poor that lose out and the rich that survive, alright for the government ministers they are all millionaires. Helston John
  • Score: -2

7:42am Fri 15 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Helston John wrote:
Oh so Andrew George hasn't replied to your email yet then Gill, now you know why I complain that Cllr Wallis doesn't reply to mine, they are both useless and ignorant.
This government just wants to privatise everything so it will be the poor that lose out and the rich that survive, alright for the government ministers they are all millionaires.
Neither MP Andrew George or Councillor Andrew Wallis are useless or ignorant. There is a complete difference in their availability to answer emails, MP Andrew George has a huge constituency that he represents, and as it happens I received a reply email about two hours after I posted my last comment.
If Councillor Andrew Wallis does not answer your emails at all, then he must have a justifiable reason for not doing so.

I do however agree with you that the government seem intent on privatising things including parts of the NHS which I am totally against, it will cause a divide between the rich and the poor. I have only just recently been allocated an NHS dentist after remaining on a waiting list for two years, my last dentist left Mullion and was never replaced.
To have Longreach closed because work needed doing on the building is unacceptable.
[quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: Oh so Andrew George hasn't replied to your email yet then Gill, now you know why I complain that Cllr Wallis doesn't reply to mine, they are both useless and ignorant. This government just wants to privatise everything so it will be the poor that lose out and the rich that survive, alright for the government ministers they are all millionaires.[/p][/quote]Neither MP Andrew George or Councillor Andrew Wallis are useless or ignorant. There is a complete difference in their availability to answer emails, MP Andrew George has a huge constituency that he represents, and as it happens I received a reply email about two hours after I posted my last comment. If Councillor Andrew Wallis does not answer your emails at all, then he must have a justifiable reason for not doing so. I do however agree with you that the government seem intent on privatising things including parts of the NHS which I am totally against, it will cause a divide between the rich and the poor. I have only just recently been allocated an NHS dentist after remaining on a waiting list for two years, my last dentist left Mullion and was never replaced. To have Longreach closed because work needed doing on the building is unacceptable. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 3

3:42pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Helston John says...

Don't worry about your mobile signal Gill, just vote for Derek Thomas instead, he's going get you a signal, after all what has Andrew George done apart from claim huge expenses, might be better to have some fresh faces in local government, not struck on Tories but they have to better than Glib Dem. Mind you it's disgusting what theyre doing to the NHS in this country, stop everyone coming over here and using it when they've never paid in for it.

Cllr Wallis has finally answered one of my emails, he says my comments are rude, can't think why. I never use any swear words in my emails. And you can't use them on here because they get censured out.
Don't worry about your mobile signal Gill, just vote for Derek Thomas instead, he's going get you a signal, after all what has Andrew George done apart from claim huge expenses, might be better to have some fresh faces in local government, not struck on Tories but they have to better than Glib Dem. Mind you it's disgusting what theyre doing to the NHS in this country, stop everyone coming over here and using it when they've never paid in for it. Cllr Wallis has finally answered one of my emails, he says my comments are rude, can't think why. I never use any swear words in my emails. And you can't use them on here because they get censured out. Helston John
  • Score: 2

4:27pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Helston John says...

The fact the government allowed an important facility such as a mental health facility like Longreach to be closed proves they don't care about Cornwall and we'll always be treated second rate to other parts of the country with funding, they are only giving out storm damage funding this late in the game because of the election looming. Andrew George is big on talk but no real action. He spends a lot of time doing articles regularly for the packet but wheres the results?

By the way Gill Cllr Wallis said you're emails are rude as well as mine.
The fact the government allowed an important facility such as a mental health facility like Longreach to be closed proves they don't care about Cornwall and we'll always be treated second rate to other parts of the country with funding, they are only giving out storm damage funding this late in the game because of the election looming. Andrew George is big on talk but no real action. He spends a lot of time doing articles regularly for the packet but wheres the results? By the way Gill Cllr Wallis said you're emails are rude as well as mine. Helston John
  • Score: -4

8:41pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Helston John wrote:
Don't worry about your mobile signal Gill, just vote for Derek Thomas instead, he's going get you a signal, after all what has Andrew George done apart from claim huge expenses, might be better to have some fresh faces in local government, not struck on Tories but they have to better than Glib Dem. Mind you it's disgusting what theyre doing to the NHS in this country, stop everyone coming over here and using it when they've never paid in for it.

Cllr Wallis has finally answered one of my emails, he says my comments are rude, can't think why. I never use any swear words in my emails. And you can't use them on here because they get censured out.
I will just vote for anyone that gets a 3G signal for Mullion, I do not care how they do it or which server provider it is with, I am on PAYG so it makes no difference if I have to change service providers. The obvious answer would be for me to move to Porthleven or Helston, sadly I cannot afford to.
The current government promote the use of the Internet, the cheapest option is via a smart phone, but the government do nothing about rural area signal provision. They are too busy privatising everything including vital NHS services, and allowing many things to be moved out of the county. I know of someone that had to go to Bristol because Longreach is closed, it caused stress and worry to the parents and is an unsatisfactory answer to the person concerned.
[quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: Don't worry about your mobile signal Gill, just vote for Derek Thomas instead, he's going get you a signal, after all what has Andrew George done apart from claim huge expenses, might be better to have some fresh faces in local government, not struck on Tories but they have to better than Glib Dem. Mind you it's disgusting what theyre doing to the NHS in this country, stop everyone coming over here and using it when they've never paid in for it. Cllr Wallis has finally answered one of my emails, he says my comments are rude, can't think why. I never use any swear words in my emails. And you can't use them on here because they get censured out.[/p][/quote]I will just vote for anyone that gets a 3G signal for Mullion, I do not care how they do it or which server provider it is with, I am on PAYG so it makes no difference if I have to change service providers. The obvious answer would be for me to move to Porthleven or Helston, sadly I cannot afford to. The current government promote the use of the Internet, the cheapest option is via a smart phone, but the government do nothing about rural area signal provision. They are too busy privatising everything including vital NHS services, and allowing many things to be moved out of the county. I know of someone that had to go to Bristol because Longreach is closed, it caused stress and worry to the parents and is an unsatisfactory answer to the person concerned. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 2

8:55pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Helston John wrote:
The fact the government allowed an important facility such as a mental health facility like Longreach to be closed proves they don't care about Cornwall and we'll always be treated second rate to other parts of the country with funding, they are only giving out storm damage funding this late in the game because of the election looming. Andrew George is big on talk but no real action. He spends a lot of time doing articles regularly for the packet but wheres the results?

By the way Gill Cllr Wallis said you're emails are rude as well as mine.
Helston John, one does not need to use expletives to be classed as being rude.

If Councillor Andrew Wallis thought my emails were rude he would have informed me so.
[quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: The fact the government allowed an important facility such as a mental health facility like Longreach to be closed proves they don't care about Cornwall and we'll always be treated second rate to other parts of the country with funding, they are only giving out storm damage funding this late in the game because of the election looming. Andrew George is big on talk but no real action. He spends a lot of time doing articles regularly for the packet but wheres the results? By the way Gill Cllr Wallis said you're emails are rude as well as mine.[/p][/quote]Helston John, one does not need to use expletives to be classed as being rude. If Councillor Andrew Wallis thought my emails were rude he would have informed me so. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 2

11:01am Sat 16 Aug 14

Helston John says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
Helston John wrote:
The fact the government allowed an important facility such as a mental health facility like Longreach to be closed proves they don't care about Cornwall and we'll always be treated second rate to other parts of the country with funding, they are only giving out storm damage funding this late in the game because of the election looming. Andrew George is big on talk but no real action. He spends a lot of time doing articles regularly for the packet but wheres the results?

By the way Gill Cllr Wallis said you're emails are rude as well as mine.
Helston John, one does not need to use expletives to be classed as being rude.

If Councillor Andrew Wallis thought my emails were rude he would have informed me so.
No he wouldn't he'd just put an anonymous comment on his blog slating you, which he did.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: The fact the government allowed an important facility such as a mental health facility like Longreach to be closed proves they don't care about Cornwall and we'll always be treated second rate to other parts of the country with funding, they are only giving out storm damage funding this late in the game because of the election looming. Andrew George is big on talk but no real action. He spends a lot of time doing articles regularly for the packet but wheres the results? By the way Gill Cllr Wallis said you're emails are rude as well as mine.[/p][/quote]Helston John, one does not need to use expletives to be classed as being rude. If Councillor Andrew Wallis thought my emails were rude he would have informed me so.[/p][/quote]No he wouldn't he'd just put an anonymous comment on his blog slating you, which he did. Helston John
  • Score: -2

1:51pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Helston John wrote:
Gill Z Martin wrote:
Helston John wrote:
The fact the government allowed an important facility such as a mental health facility like Longreach to be closed proves they don't care about Cornwall and we'll always be treated second rate to other parts of the country with funding, they are only giving out storm damage funding this late in the game because of the election looming. Andrew George is big on talk but no real action. He spends a lot of time doing articles regularly for the packet but wheres the results?

By the way Gill Cllr Wallis said you're emails are rude as well as mine.
Helston John, one does not need to use expletives to be classed as being rude.

If Councillor Andrew Wallis thought my emails were rude he would have informed me so.
No he wouldn't he'd just put an anonymous comment on his blog slating you, which he did.
As I have previously said, Councillor Andrew Wallis does not post anywhere anonymously, he always posts under his own name.
Personally I find it a little hypocritical of you to suggest such a thing when you clearly do not post under a full name on here.
[quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: The fact the government allowed an important facility such as a mental health facility like Longreach to be closed proves they don't care about Cornwall and we'll always be treated second rate to other parts of the country with funding, they are only giving out storm damage funding this late in the game because of the election looming. Andrew George is big on talk but no real action. He spends a lot of time doing articles regularly for the packet but wheres the results? By the way Gill Cllr Wallis said you're emails are rude as well as mine.[/p][/quote]Helston John, one does not need to use expletives to be classed as being rude. If Councillor Andrew Wallis thought my emails were rude he would have informed me so.[/p][/quote]No he wouldn't he'd just put an anonymous comment on his blog slating you, which he did.[/p][/quote]As I have previously said, Councillor Andrew Wallis does not post anywhere anonymously, he always posts under his own name. Personally I find it a little hypocritical of you to suggest such a thing when you clearly do not post under a full name on here. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 0

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