Please note: This site covers the period that I was a Member of Parliament from May 2010 to June 2017.
Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford and Kempston, has expressed his disgust at the actions of local health groups that has resulted in the cancellation of a much needed improvement to mental health services in Bedford.
In 2010, Bedfordshire PCT, the forerunner of local commissioning groups, agreed a contract with mental health provider SEPT that included a commitment for SEPT to invest £17.9m to upgrade the facilities in Bedfordshire and Luton.
In the first three years, SEPT invested £10m in “direct upgrading and re-provision of mental health and learning disabilities services” with the majority of this, £5.9m, being spent in Luton.
Richard welcomed more than 150 delegates to Queens Park for the first national conference on mental health in the Sikh community.
The conference, which was held at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Ford End Road, was attended by faith leaders, healthcare professionals and service users from across the country. It aimed to address the stigma associated with mental health in the Sikh community.