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Closure of Sandfield House

Volume 646: debated on Tuesday 4 September 2018

The petition of residents of North Lincolnshire,

Declares that Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation were given notice to cease operating at the site of Sandfield House by North Lincolnshire Council; and further notes that the closure of the community resource would affect more than 1,000 people who are being treated there.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to intervene with North Lincolnshire Council to stop the closure of Sandfield House.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Nic Dakin , Official Report, 4 July 2018; Vol. 644, c. 457.]


Observations from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Jackie Doyle-Price):

Decisions on the provision of local healthcare services and facilities are made locally. The closure of this facility is a matter for North Lincolnshire Council, and it is the responsibility of the local NHS to ensure service continuity for patients.

The Department of Health and Social Care understands that Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust has already re-located its Options Recovery College to Scunthorpe town centre, and is working closely with local health commissioners and consulting on proposals to accommodate other staff and clinical services previously provided from the Sandfield site.

The independent Mental Health Taskforce published its Five Year Forward View for Mental Health February 2016 which set out the current state of mental health service provision in England and made recommendations in all service areas. The Government accepted all the recommendations in the Five Year Forward View (FYFV). The NHS England Dashboard for the Five Year Forward View gives a public platform against which key targets set out within the FYFV can be tracked.

The Government confirmed their commitment to improving mental health services and announced they would invest an additional £l billion to support the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. Spending on mental health has increased to a record £11.6 billion in 2016-17 and we are expecting to confirm expenditure on mental health of £11.86 billion for 2017-18.

By 2020-21, each year up to 29,000 more people living with mental health problems should be supported to find or stay in work through increasing access to psychological therapies for common mental health problems and expanding access to Individual Placement and Support (IPS).