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Statement from Jon Rouse, Chief Officer – 25 May 2017

25th May 2017

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said:

JonRouse6_2“Our thoughts are with families, friends and communities who are grieving their loved ones following the horrendous attack at Manchester Arena.”

“There are still a number of individuals receiving treatment and care – as would be expected following an attack like this. Some of this care is critical care, meaning patients require intensive and constant support and monitoring. We are also providing support to families during this difficult time.”

“The NHS and care organisations together with partners across the voluntary sector will be providing care and support for individuals in the weeks, months and years to come. Some individuals will now have life-changing injuries which will require the support of the NHS and partners for a long time.”

“I’d like to thank our emergency services and pay tribute to their dedication and commitment. We’ve worked in partnership to respond to these awful events. Everyone has come together and I am proud of all of our organisations and staff for their response to this attack.”

“Manchester has a wonderful community spirit which we have drawn on in these past dark days. We realise that there will be members of our community deeply affected by what has happened. The Partnership has therefore issued guidance on how to access mental health support on its website and I’d encourage people to read and share this http://www.gmhsc.org.uk/news/.”