Mental health service transfer to Dundee opposed by users

Murray Royal Hospital in Perth

A damning survey carried out by a mental health charity in Perth has painted a picture of a service in crisis.

PLUS Perth found an overwhelming majority (88%) of more than 300 service users said mental health provision should not be transferred from Murray Royal Hospital in Perth to Carseview in Dundee, and also felt they were being ignored.

The charity also claims the plan proposed by the Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership, with NHS Tayside, has thrown local mental health teams into crisis.

The partnership’s preferred option is to close the Moredun ward at Murray Royal Hospital and move the service to Carseview. The ward treats acute adult psychiatric inpatients.

PLUS Perth recently carried out a survey of 319 of its users and the results were critical of the proposal.

It found 88% of people did not agree with the plan to move mental health services to Dundee and that 39% had “no confidence” in the proposal.

A total of 98% of respondents stated they wanted mental health services to be based locally, with 97% saying they felt it was important to have local support for “crisis and emotional” distress.

PLUS Perth development manager Susan Scott said there was no strategy associated with the centralisation plan and hit out at the proposal, claiming it was “picking on the most vulnerable” people in society.

A spokesman for Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership said: “As with every service we do experience fluctuation in our staffing levels. However, the staffing establishments for the community mental health teams have remained stable for the past three years.”