MENTAL HEALTH: Governors at a London mental health trust have published an open letter to local parliamentary candidates warning the trust’s services could be put at risk by further cuts in funding.

The letter from governors at East London Foundation Trust is signed by lead governor Ajith Lekshmanan and was published independently of the trust’s executive.

It calls on election candidates to support the trust and adds that funding for NHS mental health services us “unjustifiably inadequate.”

The letter says the FT receives £61m less in funding in 2015 than it did in 2010 due to annual “cash releasing efficiency savings”.

With this additional money the trust would have been able “to meet the growing ocean of unmet needs, caused by population growth and the rise in incidence of mental illness”, the letter claims.

It adds: “The continuation of cuts is unsustainable and, in the long run, places our services at risk.”

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “The letter does not reflect the view of the trust board.

“The council of governors are an independent body and do not represent trust management. The trust was aware of conversations amongst the governors about this letter but was not privy to the full discussions or decisions as these were held in closed sessions of the council. These sessions did not include the executive or non-executive directors.”