Trust should be broken up" Davey
Mental Health Trust is "logical conclusion" of
Kingston & Surbiton's
MP, Edward Davey, has called for the break-up of the
Kingston and District Community Trust, in the light of
this week's report by the Fuchsia Ward Review Panel into
poor nursing of the elderly mentally ill at Tolworth
The Tolworth Hospital report is highly critical of staff,
management and resource levels on the ward, and Mr. Davey
believes its recommendations need to be implemented
"in full, and fast".
Mr. Davey believes action over and above the report is
needed. He believes that other tasks of the Trust,
including its primary care functions, should be passed to
the Kingston Primary Care Group, to ensure that
management time is more focused on the special needs of
the mentally ill.
Commenting after the publication of the report, Edward
extremely serious report must lead to the eventual
break-up of this Trust, so Kingston and Richmond have a
specialist Mental Health Trust."
"We will only get the highest possible quality care
of the mentally ill if local managers are fully focused
on the special problems of these patients. I will be
raising this issue with Ministers and London's top NHS
manager to make it a priority."
"In the short term, I am determined that all the
report's recommendations are not just accepted, but acted
upon, and are seen to be acted upon."
"I have personally asked the Chairman of London's
NHS Executive to provide external and independent
monitoring of the Action Plan. If outside experts are not
satisfied with the changes, frankly members of the Trust
Board will then have to consider their positions."
"The report makes clear that more resources are
needed: it is high time that the NHS stopped seeing
mental health as a "Cinderella" service, and
funded it properly. "
"Finally, I would like to stress that I have the
highest regard for the vast majority of nurses, doctors
and managers working at Tolworth Hospital."
"I believe most services at Tolworth are of high
quality. I know this to be the view of many users and
carers, because I've visited and talked to them, in
confidence. But this has been a thorough and independent
inquiry, raising serious issues, and it must acted upon.