Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19th June 2018.

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Photo of Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Opposition Whip (Commons)

What steps he has taken to reduce inappropriate out-of-area placements for mental health services.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Inappropriately placing people away from their home area is unacceptable and the Government is committed to eliminating these in non-specialist, acute mental health care by 2020/21. NHS England and NHS Improvement now have a comprehensive national programme supporting reductions in inappropriate placements. Every part of the country now has a clear, realistic plan for ending out of area placements safely by 2021, with many areas having already ended this practice altogether.

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