Presentation of my Petition to Brighton and Hove Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) 11.9.13
By John Kapp, 22, Saxon Rd Hove BN3 4LE, 01273 417997

Improving mental health with mindfulness

This petition proposes a voucher scheme to improve health outcomes and reduce staff absence and inequalities. It is similar to a petition that I ran nearly 4 years ago (see appendix) which was supported by 445 signatures. I presented it to a meeting of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) in the presence of Amanda Fadero, the chief executive of the Primary Care Trust (PCT) who unfortunately ignored it, but this did not deter me, and I created the new social enterprise anyway, which is called SECTCo.
The PCT has now gone, and its managers have been replaced by GPs in the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) whose chairman is Dr Xavier Nalletamby, who I am pleased to see here today. I am one of his fans, because he is on my side, having written
(1) : We aim to put those who use our health services at the heart of planning and improving health care That means he listens to people like me, so I ask him and his colleagues to carefully consider my proposals, and report back to you at your next meeting on 27.11.13.
As you know only too well, our NHS is in deep crisis, and a government report 2 years ago was titled: ‘No health without mental health’ which is true. My proposals for improving mental health offer a practical solution to curing our local NHS, so I hope that you will support it.

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