Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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Barbara is calling on the Government to do more to provide better mental health treatment to children in the North West of England. Barbara spoke out in Westminster today about failings in NHS mental health services for children and young people.

Asking an Urgent Question about the Care Quality Commission’s report on a review of children and young people’s mental health services, Barbara pointed to evidence of services actively putting up barriers to treatment, resulting in children and young people having to reach crisis point before being able to get access to the right treatment.

Setting these barriers means that children and young people are treated only when their condition becomes more serious. The Care Quality Commission’s report said that the barriers are even prompting GPs to tell children to “pretend things are worse than they are”, to increase their chances of being accepted into specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Further, new figures from the Royal College of Psychiatrists show that the North West of England has just 7.92 NHS Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists per 100,000 children. This places the North West below the national average of 8.29 NHS Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists per 100,000. Worryingly, in the August 2017 intake, 86% of the training vacancies for child and adolescent psychiatry were unfilled in the North West.

Barbara understands that if more Child and Adolescent mental health psychiatrists are not recruited then it will not be possible for the NHS to improve on waiting times for assessment. She believes that the Government needs to recognise this shortfall and provide more support for mental health services in the North West.


Barbara said:

It is disturbing to know that children and young people in the North West are not able to get access to the mental health treatment they need, as I want them to be able to get the best possible treatment when they need it.

It is also worrying we have fewer Child and Adult Psychiatrists per head than the average across the country. It is of even greater concern that more than 8 in 10 training vacancies for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the North West went unfilled last August.

I am supporting the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ recommendation to add NHS Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists to the National Shortage Occupation List. We cannot allow children in the North West to go without the mental health care that they need simply because there is not the workforce to deliver it.”

Barbara calls on the Government to provide better mental health services for children in the North West

Barbara is calling on the Government to do more to provide better mental health treatment to children in the North West of England. Barbara spoke out in Westminster today about...

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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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