A FORMER Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh has blasted an NHS cash cut that threatens to close a service for mentally ill people.
The actress, who played Hayley Cooper, said axing the £47,000 to Maundy Relief “makes no sense”. The group counsels thousands every year in the North West.
Hayley and Roy in ‘Corrie’
Charity patron, Julie, 45, said: “It’s incredibly difficult to see an NHS counsellor and Maundy Relief do great work stepping in.”
The Accrington group, which also helps on housing and food, lost the funding from East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Lucy Hardwick, the manager of Maundy Relief, said: “The local NHS is starting to cut funding for smaller independent charities like us.
“They want us to join up with larger organisations.
“But we would lose the things that make us unique. We don’t turn anyone away and we don’t have the waiting times that other people do.
“GPs refer to us and we take people who self-refer as well – before the funding was cut we had the staff to cope with it.”
The Sunday Mirror works with the Time to Change campaign to fight cuts to mental health services.
Mudie. K 2015 The Sunday Mirror 26th April 2015 P.23
“A scandal, a disgrace, shameful – That’s our health service – and it’s going to get worse for those who CAN’T PAY”