Mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk will be damaged by fresh proposals outlined by the local trust which include staffing cuts, doctors have warned.

The British Medical Association (BMA) accused Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust of “not being fully open with the public about staffing cuts” and warned service levels would suffer as a result.

The BMA said the proposal would involve a cut of around 500 jobs in the next three years, including a 33 per cent cut in consultant posts.

BMA eastern regional council secretary Rob Harwood said: ‘The trust provides vital mental services to thousands of patients.

“Its website says it is ‘currently proposing some service changes’, but there is little information about their scale and potential impact.”

‘It is difficult to see how the trust can cut staffing levels on this scale and continue to provide services of the same quality.’

The consultation, Our proposed Service Strategy, 2012-2016, closes at the end of the month.