CAMPAIGNERS have called for better mental health care in Burton after a 93-year-old woman was attacked in her hospital bed by a fellow patient.
Yesterday, the Mail revealed the shocking injuries Letty Ferguson, 93, suffered in the attack at the St George’s Hospital, Stafford, where she was staying after becoming depressed.
Her daughter, Jackie Hathaway, 69, of Beam Close, Burton, spoke out to highlight the lack of mental health care in Burton since the Margaret Stanhope Centre closed last year.
Dr Matt Long, who led the campaign to save the centre, said he would now campaign for a ‘safe space’ mental health facility in Burton.
He said: “I had been urged by some to wait for NHS reports on the state of mental health in our region.
“The problem is that the oral testimony provided by brave people like the Hathaways is often is buried behind official statistics and bar charts which miss the very real and human consequences of suffering.”
Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths, said he hoped the attack would provide a ‘wake-up call’ to those in charge of mental health provision in East Staffordshire.
He said: “I was horrified to hear what had happened to this frail and elderly lady.
“This attack highlights the desperate need for mental health provision here in Burton and reinforces the folly of closing the Margaret Stanhope Centre.”
Mr Griffiths also demanded the family receive an apology from to the chief executive of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Jon Wheale, the Labour Party’s candidate for Burton, said: “What we need is a broad consensus that good mental health care should be provided in Burton.”
A spokesman from the trust said a serious incident review had been set up and the family would have the chance to raise any issues they wanted to be addressed.