Mental health patients ‘travelling hundreds of miles for care’

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30 June 2017

Average round-trip journey is seven and a half hours

Almost 6,000 mental health patients had to be sent far out of their local area for treatment last year, with some travelling hundreds of miles, figures show. Data obtained by the British Medical Association (BMA) reveals the number of patients with mental health problems travelling long distances for care in England has risen by 40% in two years. In 2016-17, 5,876 travelled out of their area for treatment, compared with 4,213 in 2014-15. One patient had to travel 587 miles from Somerset to the Scottish Highlands for help. Patients sent away for treatment could expect an average round-trip journey of seven and a half hours to see friends and family, according to the figures reported by the Guardian. Excerpt from Health Insurance Daily.

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