CSP reps call for better mental health services at TUC Black Workers Conference

Delegates at this year’s TUC Black Workers Conference unanimously backed a CSP motion calling for better mental health services for black and minority ethnic (BME) communities.


Left to right Elizabeth Davis, Rekha Soni, Patricia Smith and John Garatsa

Proposed by Patricia Smith, a physiotherapy lecturer at the University of East London, the motion urged the TUC to consider giving financial support to charities and voluntary organisations working in BME communities on mental health issues.

It also asked the TUC to work with health unions to coordinate action challenging the government’s cuts to mental health services and the disproportionate impact this has on BME people.

Rekha Soni, a respiratory physiotherapist at Whittington Hospital in north London, Rekha Soni, also spoke at the conference, which was held in London from 7-9 April. She seconded a Royal College of Midwives motion on bullying and harassment in the NHS.

Delegates John Garatsa, a physiotherapist at Aneurin Bevan Health Board, and Elizabeth Davis, a physiotherapy student at the University of Birmingham, also represented the CSP at the conference.

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