Fresh hope for Haven Project

There is fresh hope today for The Haven Project in Colchester – due to close at the end of March – thanks to the direct intervention in Parliament by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell and Harwich and North Essex MP Bernard Jenkin.

As a result of their separate challenges during Health Questions in the House of Commons, Health Minister Norman Lamb has agreed to convene a meeting with NHS Trusts in Colchester to see if a way can be found to keep The Haven going.

Mr Lamb visited The Haven last week with Sir Bob. Last month Mr Jenkin took another Health Minister, Dr Dan Poulter, to The Haven which is located at Lexden.

The Haven is run by a charity and provides help for those with personality disorders. Funding for the past ten years has come direct from the NHS, but this has now ended and the North Essex Mental Health Partnership and the Colchester Clinical Commissioning Group have refused to fund it from 1st April.

Sir Bob said: “I hope that the joint effort by myself and Mr Jenkin will, at the 11th hour, find a way of saving The Haven.”