MPs back health service changes

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City MPs have backed plans to move the management of city disabled and mental health services to London.

On Monday all local NHS community healthcare services formally became part of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, which already offers a wide range of community and mental health services across London and Southern England.

Both of the city’s MPs have backed the plans and welcomed the chance to work with CNWL but they have been assured that patients will suffer no changes in terms of their level of care and those who care for them.

Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, said: “We wanted the services to remain in Milton Keynes or Bedfordshire but it was decided London was the better host.

“Both Mark and I have met with representatives from CNWL and they have assured us there will be a seamless transfer so patients shouldn’t notice any changes. They have good experience of managing services.

“We have been given that assurance but we will be keeping a close eye on it to make sure they are true to their word and there is a continuity of services.”

However, one service user was not so welcoming to the idea.

Helen Wilson, commenting on the Citizen website, said: “As a service user I am appalled by this move and the lack of consultation with patients.

“Our services need to be managed within the Milton Keynes area.”