Friday, 16 August 2019

NHS bill for private out-of-area mental health care rises to £100m

NHS bill for private out-of-area mental health care rises to £100m Labour calls for investment in public provision rather than lining companies’ pockets

NHS spending on private firms nursing people with mental health problems outside their local authority area has risen by almost 30% in a year to £100m.

Adults in mental health crises were sent as far as 300 miles from home last year – a situation NHS chiefs have admitted reduces the chances of recovery because vulnerable people are separated from their loved ones. The Guardian

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