Challenging closures and cuts
Sometimes local authorities or the NHS close or cut mental health services. They may say this is needed to modernise services, or for financial reasons. It is possible to challenge cuts or closures, and this section looks at what you can do.
- Sometimes using complaints procedures, the media, social media or contacting your MP is the quickest and cheapest way to challenge decisions.
- There may be a consultation before services are cut. A consultation tells the public about the proposals and asks for their views.
- If there is a consultation, there should be enough time for you to respond. You should be given enough information to be able to respond properly.
- If the local authority or NHS does not do a proper consultation, or acts unlawfully, you may be able to apply for judicial review.
This section covers:
- Why do some mental health services get cut?
- What if I am using the service?
- How can I challenge cuts?
- How can I get evidence?
- How can I gather support?
- Should there be a consultation before a service is cut?
- What is judicial review?
- Do I need legal advice?
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