Concerns over Rugby mental health service move

David Foster is among those against the move
David Foster is among those against the move

People who use mental health services in Rugby fear they won’t be able to get the help they need when a centre moves.

Meetings have been taking place about the future of The Railings purpose built complex near Rugby Railway Station.

David Foster, chairman of Rugby Disability Forum, is in a wheelchair and a user of the services.

“The move will affect people a hell of a lot,” said Mr Foster.

“I can get to The Railings without too much bother, but if I had to get to Walsgrave’s University Hospital, which is what they are planning, I don’t know what I’d do.”

Mr Foster said The Railings has been stripped of money.

“They have had 40 per cent of their budget taken away from them and this is the result,” he added. “The Railings will go and services will move to an old shed. They can’t keep taking money off people - it looks good on paper but it just doesn’t work.”

Mr Foster has a number of carers who are on the minimum wage. “It’s really awful and it’s all down to politics,” he said. “Who would pay for my carers’ transport costs if I had to go to Walsgrave? It can’t go on. People are suffering.”

Health officials say changes are being made to improve services and form part of a national system of ‘care clustering’. The aim is to provide a greater understanding about the care which can be accessed by actively engaging service users/carers in their care options within the new care clusters.

If you would like to book a place at a meeting about the future of the service, held by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, telephone 024 7696 7876 or email