Today, Giles Watling invited Jeremy Hunt to visit the new Tendring Mental Health Hub on Old Road, Clacton.
Mr Hunt toured the site of the old Blockbuster which is being converted for new use with the help of local volunteers.
The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt said "Conservatives are the only party to promise an additional £8 billion for the NHS. This is only possible by having a strong economy, we can deliver the investment the NHS needs.
I was pleased to visit the site of the new community mental health hub in Clacton. Tendring is leading the way on providing community based support and direction to those with mental health issues. Their joined up approach with council, health and police will for every £1 spent reduce costs by £8 for other public services. This will help healthcare providers localise services that best support individual needs and vastly improve access to services for local people."
Welcoming the Minister and Giles was the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Bureau-Tendring, Linda Isaacs. Speaking at the event, Ms Isaccs said “There are people in the area that need more support for mental health issues. Local authorities have put £100,000 into the new mental health hub to provide local support for those in need. I am really pleased that so many people have volunteered their time to get the hub ready to open by the end of the month. The Health Secretary and Giles were very interested in the work we want to do and offered their support.”
Giles Watling said “It is great to bring the Secretary of State to Clacton to see first-hand the great work going on in the area. The Mental Health Hub will be a great addition to the services on offer to local people and will join up lots of different public services to better support people in Clacton.”