Mental health trust forced to cut services

A mental health trust in Manchester has cut seven frontline community-based services to save £1m, in one of the first major decisions taken since the city was given total control over its health budget.

Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MHSC) proposed the cuts in October and, despite a huge public outcry, decided last week to push through with plans.

The decision comes as Greater Manchester has been given complete control over its £6bn health budget following the implementation of ’DevoManc’, becoming the first region of England to have devolved healthcare powers.

Services to be cut include those for chronic fatigue and psychosexual disorders, as well as gardening therapies.

Full story in Pulse 6 April 2016