Medway Council is expressing its concerns over planned changes to mental health inpatient services in the area.

Cllr Wendy Purdy (Con), lead Medway Councillor on the Joint Kent and Medway Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, fears it will place vulnerable people at risk. “Medway needs local in-patient services, and across Kent and Medway all the indications are that we need more not less beds. This is a matter of serious concern.” said Cllr Purdy.

” Whilst we welcome investment in community mental health services, the reality is that at the moment many people are having to be admitted to mental health beds very far away from Medway, at great human cost to them and their families, and at significant financial cost to the NHS locally. It would be much more sensible for NHS managers to commission sufficient bed capacity in Medway to meet our local needs. “Medway Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee will now consider the matter at a meeting of the committee on 20 August 2013.

Cllr Purdy added, “I am calling on NHS managers in Medway to get round the table to see how we can ensure vulnerable people with mental health needs in Medway are provided with the critical services that they need and deserve. It is not acceptable that the people of Medway, with our growing population and local need, are left without in-patient services. We are committed to seeing this through until NHS managers do the right thing by the people of Medway.”