Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has visited Liverpool’s newest mental health hospital at Clock View today to witness the state of the art facilities now available in the city.
He was accompanied by Luciana Berger MP, the shadow minister for mental health, and Steve Rotheram MP, his parliamentary aide, and met Joe Rafferty, the chief executive of Mersey Care NHS Trust that runs the 80-bed hospital in Walton.
Mr Corbyn spoke to Mersey Care staff about how the therapeutic environment developed at the £25million hospital was helping patient care and tackling the stigma associated with mental health, six months after the hospital became fully functional.
His tour of the hospital followed a similar visit by Luciana Berger in her first public engagement as the shadow minister in September.
“It’s great to have high profile figures visit us here at Clock View so we can show them what a state of the art mental health hospital should look like,” said Joe Rafferty.
“What is particularly important is that people who have influence are now visiting us here to see what is possible, who can help with the battle to ensure mental health is given equal prominence to other aspects of the NHS.”
Clock View recently won the Patient Experience category at the 2015 Health Estates Awards and was highly commended in the Project of the Year category.