I've head back from my letter. They're still talking about home treatment being better. I still say that if this was a general ward, no-one would suggest closing it because more men needed treatment.
Its gone beyond their "Lancashire wide provision" which they are saying in all letters. They have to rethink their whole strategy of provision of care in Lancashire. As I said before, 6 women have been sent elsewhere already and its probably more by now. Do you know if the men's beds have been full up since they did this? I was in hospital in winter, and the female beds were so full, when I went home on a trial, the bed was swiped!
I was at a Green Party Fayre today, and put it across to a man and put a quick note for their next meeting. He said he will look into it. I think he was earnest.
I sent my story with my letters, and they said that they would make exceptional provision if there was a serious family problem that meant local care was needed. But I fail to see how they can if there is only one woman on the unit. It also shows that they aren't telling the whole truth. They also told me that the provision in the community is being made better - I really think that is a crock of shit! I'm being treated in the community and all we do is fill in endless forms, which mean nothing to me!
I'm trying to get support on a mental health forum but only a few are willing to sign a petition as they are mostly very ill people, so not able to help in this. Its an indictment of the care that they need a good forum to support them - there is so little good care in the NHS.