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.
“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...
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.
As always we would ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the police directly or via the Crime Stoppers number 0800 555111.
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...
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.
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...
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:
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.
Barbara Keeley MP
Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health
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...
Barbara is calling on the Government to do more to support and recognise the vital contribution of unpaid family carers.
To mark Carers Week 2017 Barbara attended an event in Parliament to celebrate the contribution made by nearly 11,000 carers across Worsley and Eccles South who currently provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend.
During the event Barbara spoke to a carer, Olga Budimir, and to Kate Hall from Nutricia about the difficulties of balancing work and caring and about the need for carers' leave. Barbara pledged to keep up the pressure on the Government to provide the help and support that many carers urgently need.
“Carers Week is a good way to raise awareness of the challenges that unpaid carers face every day. Many unpaid family carers are finding that they have to fight to get the support they need for the person they care for, and for themselves. They should not have to battle for this help.
“The Conservative Government’s repeated failure to recognise the vital contribution of our unpaid carers is unacceptable. Many carers do not know where to turn for the help they need. Many are facing financial hardship and are living in poverty due to a lack of financial support. They should not have to do this. They should be supported in their caring role.”
“Three out of five people will be carers at some point in their lives. It is vital that the Government acts now to provide the help and support that our unpaid carers need and deserve.”
Barbara is calling on the Government to do more to support and recognise the vital contribution of unpaid family carers. To mark Carers Week 2017 Barbara attended an event in...
Barbara is calling on the Government to take urgent action to protect local home-owners who own their home as leaseholders and are finding they are being " stung" by the terms of their lease.
New government statistics show that there are four million leasehold dwellings in England.
Owners who own their home as leaseholders have no protection from soaring ground rents and unfair charges imposed for consent to carry out home alterations. They can also face steep increases in the purchase price of freeholds.
Barbara is campaigning for action to help local home-owners affected by the leasehold scandal. She has joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold Reform to raise local concerns. Barbara is calling on the Government to reform the system so that unfair practices are stopped, as Labour has now pledged to do.
“The Government’s new figures show the extent of leasehold ownership in England. Owners who own their home as leaseholders are unprotected and the way that many are being treated by developers and management companies is completely unacceptable. A number of constituents have contacted me to tell me how they are being affected and about the anger and distress they feel.
“Labour wants to end these deeply unfair practices. When we were in Government we gave leaseholders more protection but it is clear that problems with leasehold continue. Urgent action is needed to help those affected.
“Labour would give leaseholders security from unfair 'ground rents' and end the routine use of leasehold ownership in new housing developments. We would cap rising charges that leaseholders have to pay to rule out the large rises that have hit some new home-owners and give leaseholders security against unforeseen rises when they come to sell their home.
“We need to see real action on this issue as soon as possible. I am calling on the Government to reform the system, as Labour has pledged to do, so that these unfair practices stop.
“If you live in Worsley and Eccles South and are one of the households affected, please let me know by sending me an email through my website here."
Barbara is calling on the Government to take urgent action to protect local home-owners who own their home as leaseholders and are finding they are being " stung" by the...
Transport for Greater Manchester is working with the Royal Horticultural Society on a community project called ‘Bus Stop Boulevard’. The bus shelter garden design competition is open to communities, businesses, designers and groups based in Greater Manchester and is aiming to inspire people to start growing and to celebrate local communities. Barbara is encouraging people from across Worsley and Eccles South to take part in the competition.
The community project is free to enter and the successful designs will be given a bus stop at the show to decorate and transform as part of the 'Bus Stop Boulevard’ and will receive a £500 grant towards their shelter's design and creation.
“The ‘Bus Stop Boulevard’ community project is a great opportunity for local people to work together to develop some really interesting designs that could be produced and put on display for thousands of visitors to see during the nationally renowned RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.
“I hope that community groups, businesses and designers from across Worsley and Eccles South will take part in the project and by doing so help to inspire others to start growing in their communities.
“The competition is free to enter and the successful designs will be given a budget to create their own show garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, which is taking place on the 19th-23rd July 2017. More information about the competition is available here. To enter complete the application form, which is available here. The deadline for entries is Monday 24th April 2017. I wish everyone taking part the best of luck and I look forward to seeing the successful entries.”
Barbara encourages local people to get involved in the ‘Bus Stop Boulevard’ project at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
Transport for Greater Manchester is working with the Royal Horticultural Society on a community project called ‘Bus Stop Boulevard’. The bus shelter garden design competition is open to communities, businesses,...
Barbara has called on the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to take action to help critically ill 70 year old constituent, Malcolm Munroe, who has been in hospital in Dubai since suffering a stroke in December 2013.
As a result of his illness and hospitalisation Mr Munroe’s Dubai-based business went into liquidation. In 2014, a court case was brought against Mr Munroe over debts owed to creditors and he was sentenced to three years imprisonment in Dubai. In 2014 Barbara wrote to the then Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, to raise Mr Munroe’s case and to ask for action.
Mr Munroe’s family say that he would be unable to serve his prison sentence, as he can only just move his head, is fed through a tube and is permanently connected to an oxygen tank
Mr Munroe recently turned 70 and is still critically ill and receiving treatment at a hospital in Dubai. Due to the risk of arrest by association, Mr Munroe’s wife and sons have not been able to visit him in hospital in Dubai for the last three years.
Barbara has again taken up the case with the current Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, and has asked him to review the case as a matter of urgency.
“This case is very worrying. My constituent, Mr Munroe, is critically ill having suffered a major stroke in Dubai. He is 70 years old and as a result of his illness is now very frail. He remains alone in a Dubai Hospital, as his family have been prevented from visiting him.
“My constituent’s family want him to be able to return home for the continued medical treatment he needs and to re-join his wife and sons in the UK”.
“I have written to the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, to raise Mr Munroe’s case as a matter of urgency. I have asked him to take all action available to him through diplomatic channels to urge the UAE to grant clemency to Mr Munroe.”
“I hope that the Foreign Secretary can take action so that Mr Munroe can be treated back in Salford with his family by his side.”
Barbara calls on Foreign Secretary to take urgent action to help critically ill constituent stranded in Dubai
Barbara has called on the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to take action to help critically ill 70 year old constituent, Malcolm Munroe, who has been in hospital in Dubai since...
Barbara has called on the Government to confirm whether or not a special deal was done for Surrey County Council, which may have led to the local authority calling off a Referendum for a 15 per cent increase in council tax to pay for social care at the last minute.
During Prime Minister’s Questions it was suggested that the Leader of Surrey County Council may have been communicating with officials at the Department for Communities and Local Government who had been working on a solution that would avoid the need for the referendum.
Barbara has called on Government Ministers to say whether or not a deal had been offered to Surrey which resulted in the authority calling off the referendum and she asked whether the same deal would be offered to all local authorities, not just the Tory-run authorities, to help solve the social care funding crisis.
Commenting on the revelations at Prime Minister’s Questions on social care funding and Surrey Council’s plans for a Referendum, Barbara said:
“Salford City Council has seen brutal cuts of over 40% to our budgets since 2010. The Tory Government has forced the council into both a squeeze on adult social care budgets and increases in council tax to pay for social care. Salford is set to lose a further £2.3million from social care in the next year, due to the way that the Government is clawing back money for social care from the new homes bonus.
“Surrey County Council is one of only a few authorities in the country to have been able to increase its social care spending, as cuts there have been 28% rather than over 40% for Salford. Last year the Government made an extra funding settlement of £300 million, of which 83% went to Tory authorities. Doing any sort of deal which just favours Tory authorities is clearly not acceptable.
“Tory Ministers must come clean now and answer questions as to just what they said or promised to Surrey County Council to get them to call off the Referendum on raising council tax by 15% to pay for adult social care. Any deals to help social care funding have to be offered to all councils.”
Barbara has called on the Government to confirm whether or not a special deal was done for Surrey County Council, which may have led to the local authority calling off...
Barbara is supporting the work of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which was recently launched in Parliament.
Jo Cox was determined to do what she could to tackle the loneliness crisis. In just over a year as an MP Jo had gathered detailed evidence about isolation in a number of different vulnerable groups. Through her work she met older people who had not spoken to another person in weeks, children in schools who felt alone despite having hundreds of online friends, and new parents who suddenly found themselves without their social connections at work. In January 2016, Jo formed a cross-party commission of organisations, campaigners and individuals to look at ways to tackle the issue.
Following Jo’s tragic death last June, the work of the Commission is now being taken forward in her memory. Working with 13 charities including Age UK and Action for Children, the Commission aims to shine a spotlight on the different aspects of loneliness and to look at positive ways to tackle the issues.
Barbara joined Jo’s parents, her sister and MPs from all parties at the launch in Parliament. Barbara is giving her backing to the work of the Commission and pledged to continue the work Jo started locally in Salford.
“Tackling loneliness is a key issue. 1 in 5 people say they are always or often lonely, but almost two thirds say they feel uncomfortable admitting to it. It is an issue that affects people of all ages and yet too often it can go undetected as many people suffer in silence.
“I want to continue the work of the Commission on this important issue locally by looking at how loneliness is affecting people in Salford and at finding ways we can tackle the problem.”
Barbara is supporting the work of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which was recently launched in Parliament. Jo Cox was determined to do what she could to tackle the...