Julian Meets with Mental Health Officials to discuss Bootham Park Hospital Closure and New 24/7 Helpline
October 2, 2015
Following the sudden closure of Bootham Park Hospital Julian has today met with Martin Barkley, the Chief Executive of Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, who yesterday undertook overall responsibility for York’s mental health services.
At the meeting Julian discussed the current situation and the implications the closure could have on both in and out patients and their families.
Following the meeting, Julian said
“I have been contacted by many constituents in recent days, and I want to reassure people that I share their concerns. The closure of the hospital has had a devastating impact on patients, their families and staff, and I will continue to do everything I can to help constituents who are directly affected by the closure.
“My number one priority remains the safety of patients, ensuring people receive the care and support they need. To that end I am pleased that the Trust has now set up a dedicated helpline, and I would encourage anyone with questions or concerns to get in touch.”
In a statement released today by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, patients have been reassured that they will do everything they can to minimise the impact that the closure of Bootham Park Hospital has on service users, their carers, and staff.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chief Executive of the Trust Mr Barkley said
“Our immediate priority is to ensure that people in York and Selby continue to receive the mental health care and treatment they need, when they need it.
“Today we have set up a dedicated 24/7 helpline for people to find out what’s happening and where services are being provided. The number is 01904 610700. We will work at pace to ensure that services can be provided locally for people in York and Selby.”
Julian has secured a follow up meeting with Mark Hayes, the Chief Clinical Officer for the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, and will be discussing the matter with the Minister of State for Health, Alistair Burt MP.