January 28, 2009

"Excellent" Trust Wins MOD Contract

Coming Home to What?

The Trust has as part of a consortium of 7 organisations, won a contract to provide in-patient services to the military. Many of these will be suffering from the effects of service in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Why the MOD sees fit to involve a trust whose recent rating for its provision of in-patient services, was rated only one level above the lowest possible, is anyone's guess.

Kevan Jones MP, Under Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans, said: “This new contract for inpatient mental health care is a fantastic
opportunity to further develop support to our people. I want to make sure that when our people require inpatient care, they get the best available, close to their homes or parent unit... .... This is a good example of how well the military and NHS are learning to work together.”

I want to make sure... ...they get the best [care] available, close to their homes or parent unit...

Foundation Trust Watch has written to Kevan figure the officers are tough enough to fight their own battles/despair of being able to make a difference.


  1. It doesn't matter if the trust has a triple AAA rating - they will not get this one right the first time out. No one knows the baggage our service men and women will be hauling back with them from these battlefields. We need to give the trust a chance to set up a programme. When there are enough service personnel in the system - insist on establishing a viable user group to inform the trust and improve services.

    Only the users with the shared experience of the horrors of war can make this work. Ignore them and you will throw away the time - effort - money spent. Our service personnel don't consider themselves heros - they were there to do a job. They didn't expect nor were they given a fair and level battlefield - but they will expect a fair and level treatment at home - and they deserve nothing less.

  2. I hope that the military input will encourage a spirit of getting the job done. I can't see ex-squaddies, no matter how traumatised, putting up with the usual level of service offered.

    But then the Trust has got it's reliable fall-back of letting the courts and prisons clean up the mess.

    Fortunately the Trust is only one of seven organisations in the plan and they weren't quite "Excellent" enough to take the lead rÔle.

    Time will tell.

  3. They should be sent to military hospitals. The army screws them up and it should be responsible for cleaning up their own mess.


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