Consultation demanded for ‘under the radar’ changes to Colchester mental health ward

Full Story in East Anglian Daily Times 10 February 2018

A concerned councillor has demanded transparency from an NHS trust over the future of a vital mental health ward in north Essex.

The Peter Bruff Ward, run by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) at the Kings’s Wood Centre in the grounds of Colchester General Hospital, currently offers inpatient treatment for acute psychological problems.

Essex county councillor Andy Wood, who is also a governor at EPUT, claims plans are being formed behind closed doors to “downgrade” it to an assessment ward in April.

Mr Wood, who represents Clacton North, said rumours had been confirmed to him by “several sources”, but there had been no official communication with governors, staff or members of the public.