OAP is at his ‘wits end’ over treatment of wife

Anthony Butler demonstrating outside the Conquest Hospital
Anthony Butler demonstrating outside the Conquest Hospital

A PENSIONER protesting over his wife’s treatment in a mental health unit has claimed to be at his wits’ end.

Anthony Butler, 69, of Tower Road, St Leonards, claimed that since his wife Jennifer, 65, had been transferred to St Anne’s Centre, in The Ridge, from an Eastbourne psychiatric unit, her health had deteriorated.

Mr Butler staged a one-man protest at St Anne’s, run by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, in an effort to get his voice heard. He demanded that she be moved back to Eastbourne.

He said: “I shall be here until they move her. I’m at my wits’ end, I’m an OAP and don’t have the money to spend, I just don’t know what to do.”

Following a heart attack in June, Jennifer Butler suffered a nervous breakdown and, although making good progress at the unit in Eastbourne, was moved, Mr Butler said, because she and her husband were not resident in the town. A spokesperson for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our staff are working very hard on a solution that will be right for everyone involved. This person has made a formal complaint to the Trust which we are dealing with, so we cannot discuss the details in public.

“Our staff at St Anne’s Centre and throughout the Trust are totally committed to providing high-quality care which meets the needs of each and every person who uses our services.”