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Welcome to our website. We are a Health Care Sector UNISON branch with around 2500 members most of whom are employed by Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust.  Our other members are employed by a wide range of mental health care employers across Greater Manchester including Independent Hospitals, Nursing Homes and GP Practices, or are Retired Members or Unemployed Members from the branches which merged to form this Greater Manchester Mental Health Branch.

We hope that you find this web site both helpful and of interest.  We wish to provide information about the branch and how to access help when you need to, as well as having links to UNISON’s National and Regional Websites, and to organisations campaigning about the NHS and other issues.

In addition we hope to keep you up to date with activities and priorities of the branch.   We see this branch as an active, campaigning UNISON branch and hope to provide you with details of upcoming events we will be attending as well as reports, links and photographs as we develop this website.

There is a contact form available for you to contact the website administrators.  There are further contact details of branch officers and stewards under the ‘Branch Activists’ tab.


 

Write to your GP in Manchester

If your GP practice is in Manchester (even if you are not a Manchester resident) please write to them asking if they know about the proposed service closures, what they think the impact will be on their patients, and whether they will join the campaign to try to keep these services open.  You can urge them to raise their concerns with the CCGs and the LMC in Manchester.  There is a model letter to send to GPs, but please feel free to edit this.

The Branch has written to all GPs in Manchester and will publish their replies as soon as possible.

Write to Manchester councillors and candidates for election 5th May 2016

The campaign has produced model letters for you to send to find out what councillors and candidates will do to fight for better mental health services and against the proposed closures.  Feel free to adapt these letters.

There are two letters: one for current councillors and one for candidates.  If you are a Manchester resident, please use these letters to question sitting and prospective councillors about what they are prepared to do to fight for mental health services.

The list of all candidates is on the Manchester City Council website:  http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/download/6440/list_of_candidates_standing_in_5_may_2016_local_election_statements_of_person_nominated

The Branch has written to all councillors and to candidates in the main parties to ask for their views about the proposed service closures, and what they will do to help the campaign.

 

 

 

Lobby MMHSCT Trust Board meeting, 31st March 2016

The Branch organised a lobby of the MMHSCT Trust Board meeting on 31st March 2016 outside Chorlton House.

At this meeting MMHSCT announced that despite overwhelming support for all the services, it was going ahead with plans to close all 9 frontline services.

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The consultation about these services (though not really about whether they should be closed or not) finished on 21st February.  You can view the Branch response to the consultation here: Consultation response

The campaign continues

Following the Trust’s decision to proceed with closing all the 9 services – they are now due to close by mid August – the campaign held an organising meeting on 7th April.  This reviewed what we’d done so far, and made plans for further campaigning.  The notes are available here.

Write to your councillor in Manchester and to all candidates for election on 5th May

The campaign has produced model letters for you to send to find out what councillors and candidates will do to fight for better mental health services and against the proposed closures.  Feel free to adapt these letters.

There are two letters: one for current councillors and one for candidates.  If you are a Manchester resident, please use these letters to question sitting and prospective councillors about what they are prepared to do to fight for mental health services.

The list of all candidates is on the Manchester City Council website:  http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/download/6440/list_of_candidates_standing_in_5_may_2016_local_election_statements_of_person_nominated