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Yarmouth and Waveney mental health bed cuts on the agenda

PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 July 2014

Protest outside Carlton Court Hospital in Carlton Colville.
Organised by Bob Blizzard.

Picture: James Bass

Protest outside Carlton Court Hospital in Carlton Colville. Organised by Bob Blizzard. Picture: James Bass

(C) Archant Norfolk 2013

Health chiefs in Great Yarmouth and Waveney will meet today to discuss the results of a public consultation into mental health bed cuts.

More than 1,000 people responded to a three month consultation run by HealthEast - the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for Yarmouth and Waveney - into proposals by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to reduce the number of acute and older people’s beds in the area.

Eighty percent of respondents rejected a plan reduce the number of acute beds at Northgate Hospital in Yarmouth and Carlton Court, near Lowestoft, from 28 to 20 and relocate onto one site. 78.4pc of respondents were against the plans to close older people’s and dementia wards at Carlton Court.

The mental health trust has come under fire this year for sending some patients outside of Norfolk and Suffolk because they had no available acute beds.

A final decision on bed numbers in Yarmouth and Waveney will be made in September.

The CCG will meet at its headquarters in Beccles at 1.30pm today.

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