MP Julian Huppert has congratulated campaigners who fought to save Cambridge’s Lifeworks service.
Julian joined the fight to save the service in Tenison Road, which helps people with personality disorders, meeting campaigners on many occasions and taking the issue to the government.
He met with Minister of Care, Norman Lamb and with members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust to express his concerns. And he raised the closure threat in Parliament through a Commons’ Early Day Motion and asked that the Cambridgeshire County Council Adults Health Wellbeing and Scrutiny Committee look in detail at the case.
“The decision to save Lifeworks will be met with relief by a large number of people for whom this service is literally a lifeline,” Julian said.
“I hope that the Trust will now look at the Lifeworks service and see how it can be incorporated in the new countywide service it is planning. It is so important that everyone has access to good mental health care.
“Mental health services in Cambridgeshire are one of the worst funded in the country and mental health care has suffered as a result. The problem is getting worse due to the great deal of money committed to the last government’s expensive PFI contracts which put a huge drain on resources.
“Despite the fact that demand for mental health care is increasing, there has been a serious lack of parity between the amount of money available for mental health compared with that spent on physical health care.
“I will continue to push for fairer funding for health care and in particular mental health care here in Cambridgeshire.