Another huge thank you!
Commissioners formally withdraw their threat to the Psychotherapy service!!
Commissioners have finally confirmed that they are closing this woeful consultation altogether – four weeks early!
They also responded to the pressure to organise a much-needed review of all Derbyshire NHS Psychological Therapies.
This will give an overview of all the therapies currently available in Derbyshire and can inform the best way forward for patient care and not just be about saving money.
But we need to be watchful that, when the review ends, there are not further attempts by Commissioners to cut vital psychotherapy services.
For now though we can celebrate the way that together we have stopped this juggernaut in its tracks!
On behalf of the Service Therapists and Service Receivers (past, present and future) we would like to say a big thank you to everybody who made this possible:
Every one of the 4000 + people who signed the petition
Service Receivers who spoke out, especially Mick and Krissi
Everyone at SOS NHS Derbyshire for joining up with us (thanks Peter et al)
UNITE for giving therapists a voice (thanks Maureen)
The County Council for its fearless scrutiny of Commissioners
Derbyshire Healthwatch for standing up for the interests of patients
38 degrees for hosting our petition
Derby City and Derbyshire MPs especially Chris Williamson
Derby and Derbyshire County Councillors for their support (especially Lisa Eldret, Derby Labour Leader)
UKCP (thanks Adam)
Others whose help has gone on behind the scenes, including Holly Daulby (from ‘Honest Communications’) who provided her media savvy