Before sending “the letter” to our local MP I waited until I had seen Mr Mans CPN, to see who else he thought I should send a copy to. Last Thursday I posted four copies: one to our local MP; one to the Acting Manager for our local Community Mental Health Team; one to the Chief Executive of Mental Health in our area; and one to the Director of Mental Health in our area.
Today I received a reply from our local MP which read as follows:
Dear [Mr Mans Wife],
Thank you for your letter dated 15th March 2007.
I am so sorry to hear of your difficulties but thank you for bringing them to my attention.
I have written to the Secretary of State for Health, Mrs Patricia Hewitt MP and to Mr [A N Other], Chairman of [our area] NHS Trust. I will of course contact you again as soon as I receive their responses.
Well, I finally know who this “Patricia Hewitt” person is anyway…