Socialist Worker

Lifeworks occupation still going strong

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2396

Lifeworks in Cambridge is being occupied by service users

Lifeworks in Cambridge is being occupied by service users (Pic: Paul Turnbull)

An occupation by up to 30 mental health service users at Lifeworks in Cambridge was entering its third week as Socialist Worker went to press.

The Lifeworks centre is part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust’s Complex Cases Service for people with personality disorders.

Lifeworks is being axed at the end of this month in favour of a county-wide system of GP referrals onto mental health “pathways”. 

Martin Booth is a local activist with Keep Our NHS Public.

He told Socialist Worker that the occupation is “still going very strong”.

A scrutiny committee has called for a halt to the closure citing lack of consultation.

Occupiers held a celebration of Lifeworks on Tuesday of this week.

Protest against mental health cuts in Norfolk and Suffolk

A protest against cuts to mental health services took place in Great Yarmouth on Wednesday of last week. Unite union members, service users and family members protested outside a consultation meeting. Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is proposing sweeping cuts.



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