Medway acute mental health beds to shut down health secretary has given his approval to shut down the acute mental health beds at Medway Maritime Hospital. Block A of the Gillingham hospital will soon close down following the approval and its patients will be transferred to Little Brook Hospital, Dartford or Priority House, Maidstone.

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) said it might add about 14 more intense bunks over three mental centres. Councillors who were against the shut down say that they fear the outcome of this closure.

KMPT also said, "the closure will result in an addition in the number of beds in Dartford, Maidstone and Canterbury to 174".

The case of Medway was sent straight to the health secretary following which he decided to shut down the mental health unit there.

Wendy Purdy, conservationist and the lead councillor for Medway on Kent and Medway health review and investigation trustees, said she was appalled and extremely concerned.

She stated that there simply isn't any backing for carers when they can't get a couch for some person that they urgently can't handle or adapt to.