MP secures debate on out of area mental health placements

The House of Commons will debate out of area mental health placements thanks to action by North Norfolk Member of Parliament, Norman Lamb.

 

The Liberal Democrat MP has secured an ‘Adjournment Debate’ on 3rd December on the topic. The debate will highlight the practice of people with mental illness being shunted to hospitals outside of their local area to receive care. 2,198 mental health patients were receiving out of area non-specialist care at the end of August 2015, with one in five of those people sent more than 50 kilometres away from their usual provider.  This practice can cause great distress and is further evidence of the disadvantage faced by those suffering mental ill health. Norman Lamb has called on the Government to set a target to end the practice within 12 months.

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