Challenging closures and cuts
Sometimes local authorities or the NHS make cuts or closures to mental health services. They may say this is needed to modernise services, or for financial reasons. It is possible for you to challenge cuts or closures. This section shows you how you can do this.
- Sometimes speaking to service managers, the media, social media or contacting your MP is the quickest and cheapest way to challenge decisions.
- There may be a public consultation before services are cut. A consultation tells the public about the proposals and asks for their views.
- If there is a consultation, you should be given enough time to respond to it.
- If the local authority or NHS does not do a consultation, or acts unlawfully, you may be able to apply for judicial review.
- It is important to understand that if you want to take legal action this can cost a lot of money. If you cannot afford to pay for a solicitor, you may be able to get legal aid. If you are not eligible for legal aid, you will have to pay for this yourself.
This section covers:
- Why do some mental health services get cut?
- What will happen if I am using the service?
- How can I challenge cuts or closures?
- How can I get evidence for a campaign?
- How can I gather support for my campaign?
- Should there be a consultation before a service is cut?
- What is judicial review?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in November 2017. Next review November 2020.
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