Barbara Keeley MP

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The news from the fire in the house in Jackson Street, Walkden was heartbreaking. The loss of three children in the fire was a tragic loss for their family and friends.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, their friends and the local community.

Below is the latest update from GM Police on this incident and information about a Vigil to be held at St Mary’s Park on Saturday.

I hope anyone with information who can help the police will contact them on the number below.

Information from GM Police

The sad and tragic news of the events in the early hours of the 11th December 2017 at Jackson Street, Walkden has touched the hearts and minds of the local community of Walkden and Little Hulton.

Salford Police and the partner agencies are devastated by the events and are thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims.

It is tragic news that three victims have been confirmed as deceased.  Details of their identity will be released in due course.  Two of the victims remain in a critical condition at hospital.

We are aware that the media have published the names of those who they believe are the victims and suspects.  However, you will appreciate that it is important that the release of the identity of those involved is done through the correct and proper procedure.  A further update with this regards is anticipated within the next 24 hours.

We can confirm that Greater Manchester Police have now arrested six suspects in relation to the incident.  The investigation is continuing at a pace.  Further updates will be released in due course.

Whilst this is believed to be a targeted incident there will be dedicated patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the local community.

The local Communities have started a ‘crowd funding’ page – under the heading of ‘For the family of the Walkden fire’.  Attached is the link.  https://www.gofundme.com/for-the-family-of-the-walkden-fire

 St John’s Church, Algernon Road, Walkden have opened a book of condolences.  They have also opened their doors to the community in order to bring them together at this tragic and sad time.  The church will be open again tomorrow 13th December 2017 @ 12:00 – 14:30 hours.

Carole Gallagher is the church warden and can be contacted on 0161 799 2797.

Information on Facebook suggests that there will be a vigil held at St Mary’s Park, Walkden on Saturday 16thDecember 2017 at approx. 18:00 hours.  Details of the organiser are not known at this stage.

As always we would ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the police directly or via the Crime Stoppers number 0800 555111.

 

Update on the heart breaking news of the Walkden Fire

The news from the fire in the house in Jackson Street, Walkden was heartbreaking. The loss of three children in the fire was a tragic loss for their family and...

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I know that residents are exasperated with the constant traffic congestion which drivers have been and are experiencing on the A57 driving to and from Irlam and Cadishead.

I have been following this situation closely. I am doing what I can to address this situation with the City Council, who are the Highways Authority responsible for the local road network.

I have raised this issue directly with Jim Taylor, Chief Executive of Salford City Council, a number of times over the past weeks. I have raised a formal complaint with him in writing about the way the recent roadworks on the A57 have been handled. This week I have also sent a follow-up letter to Jim Taylor and to the City Mayor, Paul Dennett, expressing my strong concerns about the delayed opening of the bridge and other issues that local residents have raised with me.

Today I have spoken to Ben Dolan, Strategic Director of Environment and Community Safety at Salford City Council, and asked for an update.

I understand that the Council is still locked in discussion with Peel Holdings about the opening of the new road and the lifting bridge. I understand that Peel are still asking for the Council to take over future liabilities for the lifting bridge, which the Council are not prepared to do.

During my conversation with Ben Dolan I asked him whether there was any intention to close the slip roads onto the M60 at the Peel Green Roundabout (Junction 11). He told me that there is no intention or plan to close the slip roads off the A57 at that roundabout.

I have asked Salford City Council to release a bulletin on these matters as soon as possible.

Update on the roads and traffic congestion issues on A57

  I know that residents are exasperated with the constant traffic congestion which drivers have been and are experiencing on the A57 driving to and from Irlam and Cadishead. I...

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Barbara has today written to Jeremy Hunt, following the judgment of Sir James Munby in the case of the young person referred to as X, calling on the Health Secretary to take personal action today to ensure the allocation of a supportive and safe placement for the young person X.

In the letter, Barbara urges Jeremy Hunt to take heed of the ‘scathing words in this judgment’ and take immediate action to deal with the shortcomings in our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. To achieve this, Barbara calls on the Government to announce extra funding for those services and commit to ring-fencing funding both for CAMHS and mental health services more generally.


Full text of the letter:


Dear Jeremy,

I am writing to you following the judgment of Sir James Munby in the Family Division of the High Court on 3rd August in the case of the young person referred to as X. The scathing words in this judgment stand as a warning of the need for urgent action to improve the care available for children and young people in a mental health crisis.

The judge said:

“What this case demonstrates .. is the disgraceful and utterly shaming lack of proper provision in this country of the clinical, residential and other support services so desperately needed by the increasing numbers of children and young people afflicted with the same kind of difficulties as X is burdened with…

“If this is the best we can do for X, and others in similar crisis, what right do we, what right do the system, our society and indeed the State itself, have to call ourselves civilised? The honest answer to this question should make us all feel ashamed…

“If, when in eleven days’ time she is released from ZX, we, the system, society, the State, are unable to provide X with the supportive and safe placement she so desperately needs, and if, in consequence, she is enabled to make another attempt on her life, then I can only say, with bleak emphasis: we will have blood on our hands”

On Monday of this week you defended your Government’s performance on mental health services by saying “Look at our record”. The judgment in the case of X allows us to make that examination and it finds current services seriously wanting.

There have been many reports warning of the current weaknesses of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. In a report in May 2016, the Children’s Commissioner reported that: “of particular concern were some of the 3,000 children and young people we heard about who were referred to CAMHS with a life-threatening condition (such as suicide, self-harm, psychosis and anorexia nervosa), of whom: - 14% were not allocated any provision; - 51% went on a waiting list; - Some waited over 112 days to receive services.”

In October 2016, you said that CAMHS: “is possibly the biggest single area of weakness in NHS provision at the moment” and that there were “too many tragedies”.

Sir James Munby has expressed his fears about the worst potential outcome in this case. We must also be aware of other similar and pressing cases.

I urge you to take personal action today to ensure the allocation of a supportive and safe placement for the young person X. I further urge you to make plans to deal with the shortcomings so clearly identified in our CAMHS services and to announce both extra funding for those services and plans to ring-fence funding both for CAMHS and for mental health services more generally.

As Sir James Munby has said, if the current state of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services is the best we can do, what right does the State have to call itself civilised?

Given the level of public interest in this case, I will be making this letter public.

Yours sincerely,

Barbara Keeley MP
Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health

Barbara calls for urgent action to deal with shortcomings in mental health provision

Barbara has today written to Jeremy Hunt, following the judgment of Sir James Munby in the case of the young person referred to as X, calling on the Health Secretary...


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