Number of mental health patients treated miles from home surges by 40%

From the Independent

The number of mental health patients being treated outside their local area has risen by almost 40 per cent in two years, new figures have shown.

Funding cuts and severe bed shortages are leaving doctors with no option but to call care facilities around the country in a bid to secure treatment for patients suffering from conditions including schizophrenia, psychosis and anorexia.

One patient from Somerset was sent to a hospital in the Scottish Highlands 587 miles away in one particularly extreme case uncovered by the British Medical Association (BMA) through Freedom of Information requests.

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