Call to arms over Norwich mental health march

Mental health protest against previous public service cuts at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich; Photo:

Mental health protest against previous public service cuts at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich; Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2010

A campaign group is calling on the public to show their concerns about mental health services in the county by taking part in a protest march.

The Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk has organised the protest on Saturday, January 16 from the steps of Norwich City Hall at 11am.

It comes as mental health services in the region are facing the strain following multi-million pound cuts and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust being placed into special measures.

Organisers say they want as many people as possible to turn out to show health bosses locally and nationally the strength of feeling about the issues people with mental health conditions face.

A spokesman said: 'We must make parity of esteem more than a shallow politician's soundbite.


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'We can show our local Clinical Commissioning Groups, local councils and MPs, NHS England, Department of Health and Government that we will no longer tolerate blatant discrimination and still more tragedies.'

Speeches will also take place at around 12noon on Haymarket and back at City Hall at 1.45pm.

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