Contesting Austerity: The Responses of Feminist and LGBTQ Activists to the Changing Landscape of HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Services in Manchester

Authors: Craig Carey*,
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Urban Geography
Keywords: Austerity, Health and Social Care, HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, Manchester, Women, LGBTQ, Activism
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 5:35 PM / 6:50 PM
Room: Columbine, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Terrace Level
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In recent years, efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS and the increased awareness of mental health has run parallel to austerity measures and a funding crisis within health and social care; thus, threatening the positive health outcomes for those accessing these services. It is well known that HIV/AIDS and poor mental health disproportionately affect women and LGBTQ people; therefore, austerity can be linked to the health inequalities they experience. In Manchester, health and social care services have been devolved under the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership – to take control of budgetary responsibility – which is expected to bridge a £2bn funding gap by 2021 through the integration of health and social care services. This has subsequently seen a shift from specialist to general healthcare provision, further maintaining and deepening the spatial inequalities. This paper will understand how feminist and LGBTQ activists, and grassroots movements, have responded to the impact of austerity on health and social care provision, for HIV/AIDS and mental health, in Manchester. A feminist methodology will be adopted to give voice to feminist and LGBTQ activists and allow their individual experiences to be documented. Therefore, this paper will assume the epistemological framework of interpretivism to uncover the meaning of individual reality. Phenomenology further offers the possibility to understand the experience of different activists in Manchester, since there is no single shared reality, but instead, there are multiple realities. This approach highlights and uncovers the meaning of austerity and health inequalities for women and LGBTQ individuals in Mancheste

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